Blog Post #2: Sourcing a significant personal object

1. What is the Story of my 2002 Canadian Mint Specimen Set?

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2. What type of source is this? Who created it? When and where was it produced?

This is a primary source, as the coins contained inside were made straight from the mint in Ontario during the time of printing in the beginning of 2002.

3. What other events or developments were happening when the source was created? How might they have influenced the source?

Events that were currently happening in the area was none other than a new year, influencing the year, designs and picture on the set, differing it from years past and future.

4. What do you notice that is important about the source? What is interesting? What can’t you explain?

When I first found it, I noticed that it was made with a smooth leather-like case around the coins inside, all of which were in mint condition and shining in the sunlight. The one thing that I found most intriguing was the 50 cent coin, as I had not seen one before, and before I figured out that there was a such thing, that was the one thing that I could not explain.

5. What groups might the creator have belonged to? Why do you think they made the source? Who was the audience? How might the background / values of the creator and audience have influenced this source?

The creator was most likely part of an organization, or directly employed with the Canadian mint, designing and replicating the sets to be produced and distributed throughout Canada.

6. What can you learn from examining this source? Does it help you answer you inquiry question? Does it confirm, extend, or contradict what you know? What does it not tell you? What further questions do you have?

I can learn that the coins were made in Canada in 2002, the amount of coins our country had in distribution as well as their values, and from the symbols I could learn what animals / boats / plants were closely affiliated with Canada. It confirms my thought of it being made in Ontario, the fact that there is a 50 cent coin, the composition of each coin, and the symbols our country uses on their currency. It does not tell me how many were made, and where they were shipped to. As it is a fairly good means of historical documentation in the economic field, I have no more questions that I haven’t already found out due to this, or have researched and answered for myself over the past few years.

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