Get the latest 2021 Native American six-coin set that honors the Chinook Nation, who fished and traded along the Columbia River to the Pacific. Called “Canoe Indians,” they buried their dead in canoes for their journey to the afterlife. They were also known as “Flathead” Indians for their practice of binding the heads of their infants to create what they considered a more attractive and distinctive appearance. The common reverse features two salmon – a staple of their diet – inside a circle of life including ornaments from the official Chinook flag. Each obverse is marked with iconic images uniquely associated with the Chinook way of life:
- 1¢ – blueberries and other berries were harvested for food
- 5¢ – a skull representing the Chinook’s distinctive appearance
- 10¢ – a large Chinook whaling canoe
- 25¢ – a tribal woman wearing dentalium shells in her hair and clothing
- 50¢ – Chinook tribesmen meeting the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1805
- $1 – Lower Chinook chief from the Warm Spring reservation
The Jamul Nation is officially recognized as a sovereign nation by the U.S. government and is legally authorized to issue its own commemorative coins. Each set comes in a beautifully illustrated display card with a certificate of authenticity. This affordable set honoring the Chinook is limited in mintage to 25,000. It’s a great addition to this unique commemorative series!