To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a two-dollar commemorative circulation coin that honour the brave Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge.
“100 years ago, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought as one for the first time at the Battle of Vimy Ridge and through ingenuity, bravery, and sacrifice, achieved one of the most decisive and pivotal victories of the First World War. Canadians should never forget how our nation’s soldiers came together to stand for freedom and democracy at Vimy Ridge and their story will continue to be heard thanks to the Royal Canadian Mint’s newest commemorative circulation coin,” said Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance.
The coin was designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco and features the Vimy Memorial surrounded by a First World War soldier and modern-day veteran on one side and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003, on the other.
The coin is limited to a mintage of five million.
“The Mint is proud to continue the long-standing tradition of crafting coins which honour the sacrifices of Canadians in wartime by launching a two-dollar circulation coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. With this new coin, we remember every Canadian whose unconditional service in the First World War inspired the generations which followed to do their part in defending Canada and everything it stands for,” said Sandra Hanington, President, and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Additionally, the Mint has created two new collector products to honour the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The first is a special wrap roll of 25 two-dollar circulation coins featuring the same artwork found on the reverse of the coins.
Secondly, the Mint has issued a ¼ oz. fine silver collector coin with a $3 denomination designed by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw. This coin features a view of the iconic “Canada Bereft” sculpture that is part of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
The Vimy Ridge commemorative coin is now in general circulation and will be available through publican exchanges at the Mint’s boutiques or through online coin exchange.
The Mint’s collectible coins can be ordered by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online .
The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques, as well as through the Mint’s other distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.