OTTAWA, Jan. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - January 13, 2014 - To join Canadians in
honouring Canada's veterans of "The Great War" and the compatriots and
loved ones who supported them behind the battle lines and on the home
front, the Royal Canadian Mint is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War on its 2014 Proof
Silver Dollar, which was unveiled today at the Canadian War Museum..
"As Canadians remember those who bravely defended our country and the
universal values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law during the
First World War, our Government is pleased that the Mint is honouring
their memory on the 2014 Proof Silver Dollar," said the Honourable Jim
Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Royal
Canadian Mint. "This moving tribute to the Canadians who voluntarily
defended our values in battle, and to the compatriots and families who
supported them behind the front lines, is an excellent way to remind
Canadians that their contribution and sacrifice allowed us to reach new
heights as a nation."
"The Mint has often commemorated the sacrifices of Canadians at times of
war and we are proud to honour those, both military and civilian, who
fought and laboured for peace and justice as Canada remembers the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War," said Ian E.
Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "By dedicating
our very popular Proof Silver Dollar to Canada's decision to join the
Allied cause in the "war to end all wars", the Mint is remembering a
true turning point in Canadian history while thanking thousands of
Canadian men and women for their historic efforts and sacrifices."
The Mint's Proof Silver Dollar coin can be ordered directly from the
Mint as of tomorrow, January 14th at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the
Internet at www.mint.ca. These coins will also be available 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 information.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
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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.
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THE 2014 PROOF SILVER DOLLAR:
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
On August 19, 1914, The Right Honourable Sir Robert Borden, Prime
Minister of Canada, famously declared that "we stand should to shoulder
with Britain" as Canada formally joined the Allied declaration of war
against Germany at the outbreak of the First World War.
This historic four-year conflict saw Canadian nationhood reach new
heights after Canada sent its first-ever independent, national military
contingent to fight alongside French and British forces, thus
abandoning the old custom of assigning Canadian soldiers to British
infantry units. The volunteers who joined the First Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF) in 1914 left their communities and loved ones
to board trains headed for Valcartier, Quebec. This famous Canadian
Armed Forces base first opened in 1914 as the training camp for CEF
soldiers bound for Britain and France to join the Allied fight against
the German-led enemy.
By 1916, Canada was able to field an army corps of four divisions at the
front. Eventually commanded in 1917 by a Canadian, Lieutenant-General
Sir Arthur Currie, our troops won praise and admiration for their
achievements in battles such as the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele,
and many more fought in the decisive last hundred days of the war.
Through the vision of Nova Scotia artist Bonnie Ross, the Royal Canadian
Mint has captured one of countless emotional farewells replayed on
train platforms across Canada as our volunteers left to assemble in
Valcartier for war in Europe. This scene on the reverse of the 2014
Proof Silver Dollar is vividly engraved on a 99.99% pure silver dollar,
accentuated by frosted elements. The obverse features the effigy of
Her Majesty queen Elizabeth II, designed by Canadian artist Susanna
Blunt. Limited to a mintage of 40,000, the 2014 Proof Silver Dollar
retails for $59.95 CDN.
As 2014 marks the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Mint is
developing an all-encompassing coin program to commemorate both
historical events. With so many stories and events touching Canadians
on so many levels, the program will span 2014 to 2020, including both
circulation and collector coins. The Mint will deploy its skill,
innovation and craftsmanship to pay a worthy tribute to all those who
steadfastly defended Canada and its values, with themes such as 'The
Canadian Home Front', 'Canada on the Battlefront' and 'Peace and
Legacy'. The Mint's commemorations for the First and Second World Wars
will support those of the Government of Canada.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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