The Royal Canadian Mint has put into circulation a new two-dollar coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
The coin remembers the signing of the historic peace treaty ending the First World War on November 11, 1918.
“For a nation of eight million people, Canada’s efforts in the First World War were remarkable. More than 650,000 Canadian men and women served in uniform during the First World War, with more than 12,000 comrades from Newfoundland and Labrador also answering the call to arms,” says Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance. “By issuing a circulation coin honouring the 100thanniversary of the Armistice, the Mint is helping to preserve the memory of all Canadian veterans, who continue to remind us that peace and freedom are worth fighting for, even at great personal costs.”
Three million of the coins will be put into circulation.
Designed by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw, the reverse of this coin depicts a poignant pairing of two symbols of remembrance.
Within the inner core, a soldier’s “Brodie” helmet represents the end of the First World War and serves as a solemn reminder of the many lives lost during this unprecedented conflict. Below the helmet lies a large poppy, the official bloom of remembrance inspired by the Canadian poem In Flanders Fields. Its bright scarlet colour is re-created on selectively coloured versions of the coin. Two more poppies are engraved on the outer ring, which includes a banner bearing the bilingual words “REMEMBER”, “SOUVENIR” and the year “2018.”
The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth, designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.