Last updated on June 26th, 2020 at 02:38 am
Last Updated on June 26, 2020 Posted by Colonial Acres Coins
If you take a closer look at any Canadian coin, you’ll notice a common trait that all of them share – they all strike a feeling of awe when you see them for the first time. Every single one of these coins, no matter how rare, old or valuable it may be, holds a very special symbol that gives it meaning. On some pieces it is an animal, on others, it may be a person or event and some even have flowers that symbolize important occasions or historical milestones. The latter is exactly the case when it comes to the 1 oz. Pure Gold Coin – Armistice (2018). Keep reading to know more about what it represents.
The blood-red Poppy today exists as a memorial emblem for service, peace, war and above all, sacrifice. Each November on the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, Canada’s Flower of Remembrance blooms symbolically, and at the same time, Canadians proudly wear the poppy. That is exactly why the Royal Canadian Mint deemed it ideal to adorn its latest superbly crafted coin showpiece. The coin was designed to remind Canadians and all others of the horrors of the First World War, but also of the countless who boldly gave their lives to pave the way for peace.
Special Features as Designed By The RCM
- Six continents represented by six Poppies – representing the six continents that were involved in the First World War (1914 – 1918), the design of the coin features four additional Poppy blooms and a bud, together engraved around the central translucent red Poppy.
- A unique collector’s piece, this magnificent coin holds powerful symbolism and elegantly reminisces the owners and beholders alike of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918.
- Genuinely eye-catching in the fullest sense of the word –the centre of the coin’s unique design features a remarkably stylized red Poppy flower. Not only that – the coin’s gold surface is able to radiate light from within the crimson-tinted petals thanks to its subtle translucence.
- Extremely low mintage & high gold content – the 1918 Armistice Poppy Gold Coin will only be made in 350 specimens worldwide, each and every one of which will contain exactly 1 ounce of 99.99% pure gold.
Speaking of the Design…
The brainchild of renowned artist Kerri Weller, this gold coin is a combination of the most evocative and powerful symbols of remembrance and sacrifice. It marks the centennial of the 1918 Armistice that ended the First World War and boasts a selectively coloured design of a Papaver rhoeas at its centre. Surrounding it are four additional Poppy blooms, which combine with the two centre ones to represent the six continents that participated in the First World War (1914 – 1918). The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II can be found on the obverse, courtesy of artist Susanna Blunt and a particularly eye-catching detail on the reverse are numerous grave markers that showcase the sheer loss of life that paved the way for the Armistice. Why use the Poppy flower as the symbol, you may ask? The World War I poem In Flanders Fields written by Canadian war physician John McCrae in 1915 is the main culprit. After he lost a friend during the Second Battle of Ypres, Flanders, and noticed the numerous red flowers rapidly growing among the graves of his fallen comrades, he came up with the famous line “In Flanders Fields, the Poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row.” The rest is history.
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