This coin design is a collaboration between Gunnar, here at the mint, and Steffani Coxwell. Steffani is a Tsimshian Alaska Native artist that lives in Soldotna, AK on the Kenai Peninsula. It features a totemic grizzly bear or “xóots” in the Tlingit language in Southeast Alaska. Indigenous people were awestruck by the tremendous size and strength, that gave the grizzly great totemic power. It was rarely hunted and, when it was, the hunters treated it with the respect and seriousness reserved for warfare.
It is minted in pure copper, 1 ounce .999 fine silver, 1 oz single gold relief (24k plating on part of the silver coin) and 1 oz. double gold relief (24k gold plating on both sides). It is similar in size to a silver dollar and is packaged in an airtight container and handsome gift box. The reverse is our Land of the Midnight Sun design. If you choose to have your medallion engraved, the reverse will be blank and your personalized message will be engraved on the reverse.