Are you familiar with the concept of Grandmother Moon tales of the Anishinaabe tradition? The Anishinaabe occupy an area roughly described by the Great Lakes. To the north, they can be found in the Canadian province of Ontario. In the United States, their home territory includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Their traditional beliefs view the moon as a living relation who makes 13 appearances throughout the year to watch over Mother Earth’s children and light their paths with her gentle wisdom. The moon is called as the Grandmother Moon and around July of every year, the “Raspberry Moon” appears in the sky to celebrate the turning of raspberry’s flowers into fruit!
Raspberry Moon brings a time of great change as the raspberry’s flowers turn to fruit, and teach us to be gentle and kind. In July, raspberries begin to ripen, and if we tear them from their branches, we will feel the sting of the thorns. Raspberries must be harvested with gentleness. In doing so, we honour the plant and ensure it continues to flourish. The concept of Raspberry Moon teaches us to raise our family in the same way. Children thrive when treated with loving kindness. And life will encounter fewer barbs.
This beautiful coin is the “SEVENTH COIN IN 13-COIN SERIES”! The coin has a powerful depiction of Anishnaabe themes and traditions! Minted in 99.99% pure silver, the coin creates a captivating image of a full moon filling the sky as it sits low on the horizon behind a tree at the height of its lush summertime growth. A cluster of four vibrant red raspberries appears on the left. Black, sliver-like thorns protect the plant’s fresh new blooms that are illustrated with a series of concentric round shapes in black, green and red.
The obverse shows the portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II along with the year of issue and denominational value “3 Dollars”. Order today!
Image Courtesy: Royal Mint Canada