Canada’s official Flower of Remembrance blooms symbolically each November, when Canadians
wear it with solemn pride — but it is forever in bloom on this supremely crafted tribute to the Fallen.
The Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the centennial of the Armistice of 1918 through two
enduring symbols that remind us of the fragility of life, and the countless sacrifices that paved the
way for peace a century ago.
To mark the centennial of the Armistice of 1918, the reverse image by artist Kerri Weller combines
two of the most powerful, evocative symbols of sacrifice and remembrance. A slightly stylized
Papaver rhoeas blooms at the centre of the selectively coloured design, where a subtle translucence
allows the coin’s gold surface to radiate light from within the crimson-tinted petals. Engraved
around this central poppy are four additional poppy blooms and a bud; together, the six poppies
represent the six continents that were involved in the First World War (1914-1918). Three leaves
complete the swirling floral arrangement, whose motion alludes to the maelstrom of war, while a
multitude of grave markers help convey the magnitude of the loss of life during the four-year
conflict. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
and powerfully symbolic, this collector’s piece
commemorates the 100th anniversary of the
Armistice of 1918 with a stunning design that reflects
on the sacrifices of the First World War.