OTD: Frobisher Bay changes name to Iqaluit

On today’s date in 1987, Frobisher Bay officially became Iqaluit, reverting to its original Inuktitut name meaning “the place of many fish.”

In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint featured 16th-century English explorer Martin Frobisher on a $20 Proof silver coin. Designed by Laurie McGraw, the coin has a weight of 27.78 grams, a diameter of 40 mm and a mintage of 15,000. The coin was issued to mark the 125th anniversary of the first International Polar Year – the first of several multinational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic – and prominently feature Frobisher, who made the first to attempt to discover the Northwest Passage aboard the Gabriel in 1576. A ship appears alongside a 16th-century compass and an Inuit paddling a traditional kayak.

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