3rd GOLD COIN DESIGN CONTEST
SEEKING ARTISTS FOR A CONTEST TO DESIGN A YUKON GOLD COIN
To recognize Yukon art and the Yukon, the Yukon Mint™ Corporation has approved the minting of a Yukon Gold Coin and is seeking proposals from Yukon artists to design the front (obverse) side of a gold coin.
This will be an ongoing series of gold coins with annual contests. The gold coins will be minted in a variety of sizes that could range from ¼ ounce to 5 ounces. From the drawings submitted by artists, the Yukon Mint™ will work with a qualified mint to transform the winning submission into a 3-dimensional coin. The reverse side of the Yukon will represent the Klondike Gold Rush Stampeders, an iconic Yukon image.
|CONTEST START DATE:||FEBRUARY 18, 2020|
|DRAWING SUBMISSION:||MAY 1, 2020|
|CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:||MAY 15, 2020|
The First Design Contest took place in 2017 and the Winner was Kaska artist Ms. Miranda Lane with her submission: True North Moose. The Company held a ceremony to unveil and celebrate her winning design on May 30, 2018.
The second contest included both Kaska and Yukon gold coin designs. Artist Dennis Shorty was the Kaska gold coin design winner with his original sketch titled Kaska Kayeh (Kaska Land). Artist Gord Peter won the Yukon contest with his original carving titled Aha ta Da (Eagle Man)
About Gordon Peter
Gordon Peter is of Kaska heritage and has been carving since the early 1980’s - learning the art from Elder Mac Peter, Charlie Dick and other Kaska carvers that are still continuing the tradition. Gord’s work includes a seven foot marble memorial of Dena Cho, a moose antler mask for the 2008 Canada Winter games and many pieces in private collections. His preferred materials for carving include moose antlers, marble, birch and ivory. Gord lives in Ross River, Yukon with his wife Rose.
About Dennis Shorty
Dennis Shorty is of Kaska heritage, born on the land and lived most of his life near Ross River, Yukon. By watching his grandfather and father, Dennis became interested in art which is a spiritual path for him and a way to communicate with his ancestors. Dennis carves in natural materials including copper, moose, caribou and deer antler, musk ox, sheep horn and wood and achieves his refined and detailed imagery with the use of a variety of hand and power tools. Dennis has won numerous awards and travelled extensively showcasing his talents. Dennis is also a musician and began writing and composing songs in his language, Kaska, in 2009. He created the music duo, Dena Zagi ,with his partner Jennifer Frohling, and they also produce jewelry together. Dennis’ work is in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, the Governor General of Canada Collection and private collections across the world. His work and full biography can be found at: www.dennis-shorty.com
About Miranda Lane
Miranda Lane is a self-taught artist and spiritual intuitive. When she was a child, her grandfather (Mother’s father) Chief Little Jimmy, shared the importance of animal medicine and the value of our interconnectedness with all beings and Mother Earth – these lessons have greatly influenced and contributed to her artistic endeavors. She describes herself as someone who “paints intuitively from the heart, capturing the gifts of Mother Earth, using Spirit animals to deliver messages to help others on their Earth walk”.
Miranda is a member of the Wolf clan and a citizen of the Liard First Nation and currently lives in Alberta with her husband Doug, of 28 years, and her mother. She is the mother of two grown sons, Joshua and Jeremiah, and has a degree in Psychology and Social Welfare. When she isn’t painting, drawing, or creating art out of her home studio she provides Spiritual Intuitive Counselling from home.