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Many ways to own gold

An email arrived to call my attention to a new gold medal issue from the Yukon.

It was sent to me over the weekend by Dick Hanscom of Alaska Rare Coins.

He is a veteran coin dealer from Fairbanks as well as a keen observer of things numismatic in the far northern state as well as in neighboring Canada.

What caught his eye are the first gold medals in a possible new series.

They are one-ounce and half-ounce .9999 fine gold medals featuring the common design of a moose on the obverse.

On the reverse is a scene of prospectors climbing Chilkoot Pass.

They are 32 millimeters and 25 mm in diameter, respectively.

Mintage is 180 one-ounce and 140 half-ounce.

Issuer is Yukon Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of Golden Predator Mining Corporation.

The medals were designed by Miranda Lane of the Kaska Nation and features “Keda” – the Dene word for moose – on the obverse, Hanscom said.

The gold is from the 3 Aces Project located in the southeast portion of the Yukon Territory, near the boundary with Northwest Territories, and the Nahanni Range Road, which leads to Tungsten, NWT.

This is the first of a planned annual series of medals featuring First Nations art.

The medals were released to the public on June 21, 2018, which is National Aboriginal Day in Canada.

Hanscom said current pricing is $1,400 for the one-ounce and $750 for the half-ounce, plus shipping charges.

Hanscon directs interested parties to Gemma Cambray at for more information.

Naturally, I went to the website as well.

Check it out.

Those who enjoy charting their own path in numismatics are the target audience.

Their level of response will have an outsized impact, considering the low mintages.

I cannot imagine a series continuing if the first 180-mintage issue does not at least cover all of its costs.

Hanscom did not indicate that he was selling these, but I am sure he would enjoy communicating with collectors about other numismatic needs.

His website is here.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog for the third time in 2017 . He is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."