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For thousands of years, humans have made connections between celestial events and human affairs. This year is especially meaningful because of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. This eclipse has special meaning to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Sovereign Nation, and that meaning will be memorialized in the 2017 1 oz Silver Solar Eclipse Curve Proof Coin.
The Eclipse is a blessed event in Native American culture
The Eclipse is a blessed event in Native American culture, and this will be the first time such a manifestation has been honored with a coin. This total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast, changing daytime skies into dark twilight for a few minutes along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina. This is one of the most amazing celestial disappearing acts seen since 1979, and it will be visible over thousands of miles. To mark the event, the Native American Mint has teamed up with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Sovereign Nation to produce a striking curved and colored coin in honor of the sovereignty and pride of the tribe.
Being in harmony with the cosmos is a celebrated belief of the Oglala Lakota
Events like the solar eclipse are sacred because they are unexpected and dramatic. The Silver Solar Eclipse coin honors these beliefs with beautiful artwork of this momentous subject matter. The concave of the coin features a colored satellite image of the earth that shows the North and South American continents and charts the path of the 2017 total solar eclipse. The convex obverse shows the solar eclipse as it will look on August 21 and depicts the surface of the moon with a few solar bursts around the moon.
Coinage is a very important signpost demonstrating Native American sovereignty and pride
Coinage is a very important signpost demonstrating Native American sovereignty and pride, making this noteworthy coin rare and momentous. This coin is legally authorized by the Oglala Lakota Sioux Sovereign Nation for collector use, and royalties from coin sales will go to support the One Spirit reservation 501 charity. This charity is focused on providing natural, healthy food to the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, which is one of the most poverty-stricken places in the country.
The unique curved Eclipse coin is one of only approximately a dozen that uses this technology worldwide. It contains 1 oz. of .999 fine Silver Coin and comes in a protective plastic capsule inside a black display box with a certificate of authenticity. The commemorative piece combines one of the most prevalent coin themes with the most popular unconventional shape, resulting in a commemorative piece that is destined to become a treasured heirloom.
About the Oglala Lakota Sioux
The Oglala Lakota Sioux are one of the seven subtribes of the Lakota people making up the Great Sioux Nation. The Oglala are a federally documented as a tribe whose official title is the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Many of the Oglala live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which is the eighth-largest Native American reservation in the United States. There are about 50,000 registered members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Sovereign Nation. A significant majority of those tribespeople live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and this area will have a 98% visibility of the 2017 total solar eclipse.