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The red poppy: A symbol of sacrifice, a call to Remembrance.

From the great victories and tragic losses of the First World War came our most enduring symbol of service and sacrifice: the red poppy, which is colourfully highlighted on this Remembrance Day coin. Blooming in the foreground and in the fields of the fallen behind the weary officer, the poppy imbues this mournful scene with hope. It is a lasting reminder of those who fought and sacrificed everything; of the courage of those who serve; of the consequences of war, and a commitment to peace—lest we forget.

Selective colour highlights the poppies of Remembrance.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • We remember and honour them. The red poppy: A symbol of sacrifice and a call to This year’s (2022) Remembrance Day coin reflects on the legacy of Remembrance in Canada, represented by a symbol of sacrifice that dates back to the First World War and endures today.
  • A thoughtful addition. Ideally priced and meticulously crafted in 1 oz. of 99.99% pure silver, this heartfelt expression of Remembrance is the perfect addition to any collection, where it will continue to inspire reflection for years to come.
  • A collector favourite. So don’t wait—order your 2022 Remembrance Day coin today!
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • NO GST/HST (if applicable)

A DEEPLY MOVING SCENE

In addition to the red poppies, the intricately engraved scene shows the emotional impact of war, represented by the weary officer and the crosses that serve as a reminder that a soldier’s sacrifice should never be forgotten.

SELECTIVE COLOUR

While a combination of frostings adds outstanding depth to this design, the eye is naturally drawn to the vibrant coloured poppies that represent hope and eternal life through Remembrance.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The first ceremony honouring Canada's fallen soldiers was held in 1919, on the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was observed annually on the Monday in the week of November 11, which coincided with Thanksgiving Day. In 1931, the federal government separated the two holidays by moving Thanksgiving to a different date and fixing November 11 as Armistice Day, which was re-named Remembrance Day to keep the focus on the combatants.

DESIGN & ARTIST

Designed by artist Miko Maciaszek, each coin’s reverse features a poignant depiction of a weary Captain of the Canadian Army Medical Corps sitting against a tree and taking a moment to reflect after the Second Battle of Ypres, during the First World War. Selective colour highlights the blooming poppies in the foreground, while in the background; more poppies appear between the crosses that mark the graves of the fallen. These poppies represent hope and eternal life through Remembrance, and serve as a reminder that a soldier’s sacrifice should never be forgotten. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

"Bringing this Remembrance Day coin to life was an intricate process involving specialists who helped achieve an accurate and realistic depiction. Inspired by John McCrae’s poems, most notably “In Flanders Fields” and "The Unconquered Dead,” I set out to capture a moment of serenity and reflection for a young captain, who is surrounded by symbols representing the consequences of war. I hope this coin will preserve and relay the memories of those who made such immense sacrifices for us." MIKO MACIASZEK, ARTIST

“The Canadian Army’s baptism of fire in the First World War came in late April and early May 1915 in the defence of the Belgian town of Ypres. When the Germans attacked, employing poison gas for the first time on a large scale, the Canadians were thrown into a desperate counter-attack that blunted the assault. In the days that followed, the fighting raged on, with horrific losses, but ultimately resulting in a great defensive victory. This coin powerfully portrays, in splendid detail and with great historical accuracy, the quiet reflection of individuals who struggled to make sense of the life-altering events that they had experienced. The image of the crosses and the poppies, evoking the famous words of John McCrae, represent at once sacrifice and rebirth, but also underscore the terrible cost of victory.” DR. JAMES MCKILLIP, MSM, CD, PHD, HISTORIAN, DIRECTORATE OF HISTORY & HERITAGE, CANADIAN ARMED FORCES

PACKAGING

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT

The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.

8791
2022
Proof
New
9999
Canada
Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 20
8500
Miko Maciaszek (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
1 oz
38

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