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LOT 76

Lot 76

JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984)

JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984)
Lot 76 Details
JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)


acrylic on paper
signed and dated '78
sight 5.5 ins x 8.5 ins; 14 cms x 21.6 cms

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,160
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984)
  • JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984)
  • JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984)
  • JACKSON BEARDY (1944-1984)

Private collection, Ontario


Design for Cree-Red River Indian Dollar was the exact work which was the basis of the engraving for a silver dollar, minted solely in 1978. Omitted in the Beardy design seen here is the Fort Garry gate, which was engraved on the left side of the composition on the final coin. Established in 1822, Fort Garry served as the administrative and judicial hub of the Red River Colony, and was an important Hudson’s Bay trading post. By the end of 1869, Louis Riel and his Métis followers had seized the fort in the Red River Rebellion. When the city of Winnipeg was established in 1873, the name ‘Fort Garry’ fell out of use, abetted by its demolition in 1884. Only the gate of the fort remains today.

The face of Beardy’s coin depicts Chief Gordon William Lathlin (1933-1976), who served as leader of The Pas Indian Band in the 1960s, in an area known today as Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Lathlin worked to expand the band’s financial base, opening several businesses and beginning the construction of a shopping mall on the reserve. After he stepped down in 1975, Lathlin consulted for several First Nation councils and Manitoba provincial departments.


Window mat is taped down to back board. Overall very good condition. Note that this painting was partially removed from its housing for inspection.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 76

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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