(Ottawa)—The Royal Canadian Mint has proudly issued a silver collector coin to honor and remember Canada’s soldiers who, fighting for the first time in a formation uniting all four divisions of the Canadian Corps 100 years ago, valiantly won the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge and paved the way to the Allied victory that ended the First World War. This fine silver coin was unveiled today at the Canadian War Museum.
“As Canadians remember the sacrifices and achievements of our men and women in uniform at times of war, the government of Canada is pleased that the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a silver collector coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge as an unforgettable turning point in Canadian and First World War history,” said the Honorable Bill Morneau, minister of finance. “This coin is a moving tribute to the service and sacrifice of those who bravely fought and prevailed at Vimy Ridge, when Canada and its Allies needed them.”
“The Mint has a long history of crafting many coins honoring the sacrifices of Canadians at times of war, and we are proud to maintain this tradition with a fine silver coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge,” said Sandra Hanington, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “As a moment etched in Canadian history, as well as a permanent memorial to all Canadians who were lost or wounded in France during the First World War, Vimy Ridge has a special place in the hearts of Canadians, which this coin will preserve for generations to come.”
Canadian artist Pandora Young designed the .9999 fine silver coin’s reverse, which evokes the scene of relentless artillery fire supporting Canadian troops in the innovative “creeping barrage” advancing towards Vimy Ridge on the horizon. A close-up of a lone Canadian soldier, his face purposely omitted to symbolize all Canadians at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, stands in the foreground. Selective gold plating on the soldier’s uniform echoes the special significance of this battle in Canadian and world history.
The obverse of the coin features the gold-plated effigy of King George V, Canada’s reigning monarch throughout the First World War.
The $20 fine silver coin, “First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Vimy Ridge,” has a limited mintage of 10,000 and retails for $112.95. It is available for purchase as of April 5, 2017, by contacting the RCM at 1-800-267-1871 (Canada) or 1-800-268-6468 (U.S.), or online at www.mint.ca. The coin is also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, as well as through the its global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
A $2 circulation coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge will be launched by the Royal Canadian Mint this fall. ❑