NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, Oct. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock's death on the battlefield
at Queenston Heights, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member
of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of Canada, today unveiled a new Royal Canadian Mint circulation
coin honouring his memory as a hero of the War of 1812. This is the
first of four circulation coins which commemorate key historical
figures who influenced the fight for Canada from 1812 to 1814.
"Honouring the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with this special circulation coin pays
tribute to one of our greatest national heroes and a crucial moment on
the road to Confederation," said Minister Nicholson. "Our Government
encourages Canadians to take this unprecedented opportunity to learn
more about our heroes and history and to take pride in our traditions
by collecting this new circulation coin dedicated to War of 1812 hero
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock".
The War of 1812 paved the way for Confederation. It was the fight for
Canada and a defining moment in our country's history that saw British
regular forces, English and French-speaking militia, First Nations and
Métis1 allies join together to defend our borders2. Without their courage and sacrifice, Canada as we know it would not
Major-General Brock died leading a charge against the Americans3 during the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812 and earned
the title "the hero of Upper-Canada."
"The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to preserving memories of the
people, places and events which tell the story of the Canadian
experience and the remembrance of the heroes of the War of 1812 is a
wonderful way to celebrate our proud values," said Ian E. Bennett,
President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The name of
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock is synonymous with the heroic deeds of
our forefathers who valiantly defended Canada 200 years ago and the
Mint is delighted to have issued a 25-cent circulation coin in honour
of this legendary hero of the War of 1812, for Canadians to collect and
Limited to a mintage of 12.5 million coins, the Sir Isaac Brock 25-cent
commemorative circulation coin begins circulating on October 13, 2012.
The public is encouraged to look for it in their change or obtain it at
face value on line at www.mint.ca/1812.
The Mint has also released a number of exquisite precious metal
collector coins to add to the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. On October 2, 2012, the Mint issued a
$4 face value 99.99% pure silver coin featuring a portrait of
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, set against an intricately engraved
background consisting of the bilingual text "The War of 1812/La guerre
de 1812." This coin is also emblazoned by the engraved and painted
Government of Canada War of 1812 logo. Limited to a mintage of only
10,000 examples world-wide, this coin retails for $49.95 CDN.
This product, and others, can be purchased from www.mint.ca; the Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver; and through
our network of distributors, including participating Canada Post
outlets. These products can also be ordered by directly contacting the
Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada and 1-800-268-6468 in the US.
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
Images of the Mint's newest War of 1812 commemorative circulation coin
are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
2012 25-CENT CIRCULATION COIN:
200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR OF 1812 "SIR ISAAC BROCK"
As Canadians far and wide mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, this historical turning point is a
reminder of the heroic figures whose brave acts assured the defense of
a future Canada. One of the most celebrated was Major-General Sir
Isaac Brock. Dubbed "The Hero of Upper Canada", he was a distinguished
British Army commander who led the successful defense of the province
early in the War of 1812.
Appointed commander of military forces in 1810, he organized the militia
and prepared Canada for possible war with the United States. Following
the outbreak of war and the forging of a crucial alliance with Shawnee
Chief Tecumseh, Major-General Brock led the daring capture of Fort
Detroit, securing the western frontier and boosting the morale of Upper
Canadians. His death on October 13, 1812, while attempting to recapture
Queenston Heights, has made Sir Isaac Brock a national hero and an
enduring symbol of bravery and patriotism for successive generations of
The reverse image of this new 25-cent circulation coin features a
profile portrait of Major-General Brock, designed by Nova Scotia artist
Bonnie Ross, against an intricately engraved background comprised of
the words "The War of 1812" in both English and French. Featured in the
design is the Government of Canada War of 1812 logo, composed of
stylistic 1812 typography encompassed by a stylized maple leaf with
ecru swords crossing behind it.
In all, 12.5 million of these commemorative circulation coins have been
produced in two distinct finishes: half of them feature a coloured War
of 1812 logo, while the remaining coins have a frosted portrait of
Major-General Brock while the War of 1812 logo remains unpainted.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by
Susanna Blunt, as well as the Government of Canada's official
commemorative symbol for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Canadians can find this new coin in general circulation as of October
13, 2012, or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange
Image with caption: "The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Ian E. Bennett unveiled the new 25-cent circulation coin honoring War of 1812 hero Major-General Sir Isaac Brock at the Fort George National Historic Site. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121012_C6412_PHOTO_EN_19165.jpg
Image with caption: "The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Ian E. Bennett unveiled the new 25-cent circulation coin honoring War of 1812 hero Major-General Sir Isaac Brock at the Fort George National Historic Site. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121012_C6412_PHOTO_EN_19167.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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