Royal Canadian Mint honours First Responders and Military Personnel
The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new collector’s coin series honouring Canada’s men and women on the front lines on May 17. The series features firefighters, paramedics, police and the military.
The unveiling took place at the Mint’s production facility in Winnipeg.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank our firefighters, paramedics, police and the military for their commitment to preserve and protect the lives of Canadians every single day. The dedication and professionalism of these brave men and women, who ensure we continue to live in a safe society, are a true inspiration to all Canadians,” said the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance.
In addition, the Mint will be donating $10,000 to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal for Fort McMurray and $5 will be donated from every sale of the firefighters coin, the first of the series.
“This coin series is a wonderful addition to any collection, paying tribute to our everyday heroes who put themselves at risk every time they answer the call of duty to protect us. These coins are also a way for the Mint and all of our employees to say thank you for the unwavering selflessness and courage these heroes demonstrate in their communities,” said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Each of the coins is made of 99.99 per cent pure silver and features selective colour over the engraving. Designed by Canadian artist Ken Ryan, the coins feature the depiction of a firefighter, paramedic, police officer or infantry soldier in the line of duty.
The coins have a face value of $15, as a mintage of 10,000, the retail price is $69.95.
The firefighter coin in the series is currently available at the Mint’s boutique in Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Customers can also choose to order the coin. The remaining three coins of the series will be released over the next few months. The paramedics coin will be released June 7, the police coin will be released August 7 and the military coin will be released Sept. 6.
The coins are also available through subscription. To order the coins call 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or visit the Mint’s website