Tlingit art is an important part of Alaska’s cultural heritage. The Tlingit people are an indigenous group that has lived in the region for thousands of years and are known for their rich artistic traditions. Tlingit art is characterized by intricate designs and bold, vibrant colors, often featuring depictions of animals, mythical creatures, and human figures. Tlingit art can be seen in a variety of forms, including totem poles, masks, jewelry, and woven baskets. Many Tlingit artists continue to create and showcase their work in galleries and museums throughout Alaska and beyond. Tlingit art is not only visually stunning but also a symbol of the culture, history, and traditions of the Tlingit people.
This medallion features a wolf and raven in front of their totemic images carved on a totem pole. The spectacular totem poles of British Columbia and Alaska, on which appear birds, animals, and unrecognizable creatures, are found nowhere else in the world. To save specimens of this now-abandoned American Indian craft and make them accessible to Alaska visitors, the United States Forest Service in 1938 began placing Tlingit and Haida totem poles in natural settings near Ketchikan, Wrangell, and Sitka.
A note from the artist and sculptor of this medallion, Tom Rogers. “I’ve been designing and sculpting plaster models for 46 years. Ten of those, from 1991 to 2001, was spent as a U.S. Mint Sculptor / Engraver. My style is unique, as I carve all my work backwards in plaster, then pour the final master cast into the negative, open it, and finalize the detail.”
This medallion is available in pure copper, golden bronze, 1 oz .999 fine silver, 1 oz single gold relief (24k plating on the front 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 comes packaged in an airtight container and handsome gift box. The reverse features our popular “Land of the Midnight Sun” design.