Final Coin Image To Be Revealed August 1, 2017
Four-Coin Series Includes:
|Coin 1 ||Sacrifice Medal||April, 2017|
|Coin 2||Order of Military Merit ||June, 2017|
|Coin 3||Order of Canada||July, 2017|
|Coin 4||Cross of Valour||August, 2017|
Coin No. 1: Sacrifice Medal
This 2017 $20 pure silver coin pays tribute to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought at Vimy in 1917. Mintage is limited to only 5,500. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt. The reverse presents a faithful reproduction of the Sacrifice Medal, with all of the details that carry the full weight of the symbolism from the original design. The real-life Medal has a diameter of 36 millimeters; here, the coin’s 40 mm diameter allows for a partial view of the ribbon attached to a suspension bar at the top of the Medal, which is ornamented with the Royal Crown (St. Edward’s Crown) to represent The Queen as Canada’s Head of State and Head of the armed forces. Selective colour re-creates the ribbon’s black central stripe that symbolizes mourning and grief; this is flanked by the red stripes that represent the blood spilled, while smaller white stripes speak of peace and hope for a better future.
On the medal itself, detailed engraving recreates the familiar representation of the cloaked statue “Canada” found at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. With a downcast expression that personifies a nation’s sorrow for her fallen, the mournful figure faces right towards the flat horizon—itself a representation of the loneliness and isolation of mourning—while the word “SACRIFICE” looms just above it in the sky. The reverse also features the engraved double date “1917-2017” to represent the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, while the obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Coin No. 2: The Order of Military Merit
Since its creation in 1972, more than 4,700 men and women of the Canadian Forces have been appointed to the Order of Military Merit. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly commemorates the 45th anniversary of one of Canada’s highest honours, which recognizes those whose dedication and commitment to their country embodies the Order’s motto: Officium ante commodum (“Service before self”). The mintage is limited to 25,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is HST/GST exempt.
Designed by Bruce W. Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D., the insignia of the Order of Military Merit has been proudly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint since 2012. The reverse of this fine silver coin presents a near-faithful re-creation of the insignia bestowed upon those appointed to the highest rank of membership: Commander of the Order of Military Merit (C.M.M.). Blue translucent colour re-creates the rich colour of the straight-end cross patée, with its four arms narrowing at the center. Surmounted by a colourful St. Edward’s Crown, a red annulus bears the inscription “MERIT.MÉRITE.CANADA.”, whose yellow colour mimics the gold of the original insignia. At its center, the red maple leaf helps distinguish the insignia of Commander from that of Officer or Member, which would feature a gold and silver maple leaf (respectively). The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt.
Coin No. 3: The Order of Canada
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest honours. It exists to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, this fine silver coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada by paying tribute to its honoured recipients, whose extraordinary contributions reflect the Order’s motto: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).
The reverse presents a faithful recreation of the Companion of the Order of Canada insignia, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of one of Canada’s highest honours. Designed in 1966 by Bruce W. Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D., the insignia of the Order of Canada is shaped in a stylized, hexagonal snowflake that is a fitting symbol for Canada’s northern climate; it is also strongly symbolic, since every snowflake is as unique as each recipient’s contribution to their country. Here, the coin’s reverse recreates the six symmetrical points that lead to an annulus at the centre, where a red-coloured maple leaf indicates the Companion rank. The Order’s motto, ESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”), is circumscribed around Canada’s beloved national symbol, which is surmounted by the Royal Crown. Like the prestigious insignia itself, the coin is struck in fine silver; the application of colour on this numismatic piece also mimics the complex and colourful enamelling of the iconic insignia that symbolizes Canada at its best.
A rare collecting opportunity: This is the first time the revered Canadian insignia has ever been replicated on a coin. Whether it’s displayed as part of your collection or presented as a deeply meaningful gift, this coin is a sure conversation-starter about the Order’s honoured recipients and their important contributions to Canada, and in many cases, to the world.