Inuk artist's design appears on new quarter

The Royal Canadian Mint started circulating 25 million quarters this week, half of which feature a design by Tim Pitsiulak of Cape Dorset showing a bowhead whale and two belugas.

Tim Pitsiulak of Cape Dorset designed coin featuring bowhead whale

Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors member Claude Bennett and Cape Dorset artist Tim Pitsiulak unveil new 25-cent coins celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition and Life in the North at Kullik Illihakvik Elementary school in Cambridge Bay. (Royal Canadian Mint)

The Royal Canadian Mint started circulating 25 million quarters this week with images of the Arctic.

Half of the coins feature a design by Tim Pitsiulak of Cape Dorset, showing a bowhead whale and two belugas.

The other 12.5 million quarters commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 First Canadian Arctic Expedition led by Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Rudolph Anderson​. It shows three explorers with a fully-packed dog sled.

"Canadians have to understand all the stories behind their countries, what makes up our Canadian identity, and for the Royal Canadian Mint we have a unique opportunity to reach million of Canadians at a time," said Alex Reeves, senior manager of communications for the mint.

Pitsiulak's design is also on a limited edition silver coin.

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