OTTAWA, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - To join Canadians in honouring Canada's
Korean War veterans, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a special
edition, 99.99% pure silver dollar commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice. This new collector coin was
unveiled at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa by the Honourable Steven
Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for la Francophonie,
and Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
"During this, the Year of the Korean War Veteran, our government is
pleased that the Royal Canadian Mint is honouring Canada's Korean War
veterans with a new collector coin commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice," said the Honourable Steven
Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for la Francophonie.
"This inspiring silver coin is an excellent tribute to the more than
26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South
Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516 Canadians who
gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace and freedom."
"The Royal Canadian Mint has honoured Canada's veterans through many
coins in recent years and it is proud to honour them once more with a
special edition silver dollar commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice," said Ian E. Bennett, President
and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "By preserving the central design
of the original Korea Medal awarded to Commonwealth forces who served
in the Korean War and donating part of the proceeds from the sale of
each coin to Canadian Korean War Veteran organizations, the Mint is
remembering and thanking thousands of Canadian men and women for their
historic efforts and sacrifices."
This silver collector coin can now be ordered directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet
at www.mint.ca. The coin will also be available as of July 9, 2013, at the Royal
Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as
through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors,
including participating Canada Post outlets.
Please see attached backgrounder for further product information.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the
minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO
9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the
largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of
specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an
international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and
services, visit www.mint.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law. For more information on the Korean War,
Images of this collector coin are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
2013 SPECIAL EDITION SILVER DOLLAR: THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN
On July 27, 1953, officials signed the armistice agreement that brought
combat in Korea to an end. The three-year conflict had begun just five
years after the Second World War, and although much of the world was
still struggling to recover from that global conflict, many nations,
including Canada, came to the aid of the people of South Korea,
struggling to defend their nation from a North Korean attack.
The Korean War began when North Korean armed forces invaded South Korea
on June 25, 1950. The South Korean government turned to the United
States which appealed to the United Nations (UN) for assistance. The UN
responded by meeting to draft a Security Council resolution within 24
hours of the invasion, and issued a second one two days later to
request the military support of UN member nations.
The Royal Canadian Navy was among the first in and the last out, while
Canada's soldiers fought in Korea's mountains and valleys, supplied in
part by a Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron that made transport runs
between North America and Asia. By war's end, Canada's casualties
included more than 1,200 wounded, with another 516 men making the
ultimate sacrifice. By joining with its allies to uphold the principle
of collective security on which the UN was founded, Canada helped to
prove the effectiveness of the fledgling organization and solidify its
role on the world stage.
In commemoration of the armistice which ended combat on the Korean
Peninsula 60 years ago, the Royal Canadian Mint has crafted a 99.99%
pure silver dollar featuring an adaptation of the reverse of the
original Korea Medal awarded to all Commonwealth forces who served in
In adapting the Korea Medal design for this coin, Royal Canadian Mint
engravers faithfully preserved Edward Carter Preston's original
depiction of Hercules, the idealized warrior from Greek mythology,
slaying the indomitable hydra-headed monster as an allegory for the
perilous struggles of war, and a tribute to those who freely go to
battle. In addition, the original engraving of "KOREA" has been
expanded to include "CORÉE", to reflect Canada's official bilingualism.
Along with the Mary Gillick effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
the word "CANADA" appeared on the Korea Medal's obverse in order to
distinguish medals awarded to Canadian military personnel. This same
effigy, used on Canadian circulation coinage 60 years ago, returns to
the obverse of this 2013-dated fine silver coin.
Limited to a mintage of 10,000 examples world-wide, this silver coin is
available for $69.95 CDN. The Royal Canadian Mint will donate $10.00 from the sale of each coin to
Canadian Korean War Veteran organizations.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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