Canada’s Royal Canadian Mint has released a new "Armistice" circulation coin that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Unveiled at the Mint’s Winnipeg facility on Monday, The coin recalls the signing of the historic peace treaty on November 11, 1918, and keeps with the Mint’s tradition of issuing coins remembering the sacrifices of Canadians who served with the military.
The new Armistice toonie was designed by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw and depicts an important pairing of two symbols of remembrance.
The inner core features a soldier’s “Brodie” helmet which represents a solemn reminder of the many lives lost during the war.
Below the helmet lies a large poppy, the official bloom of remembrance inspired by the Canadian poem, “In Flanders Fields.”
Two more poppies are engraved on the outer ring of the coin which includes the banner bearing the bilingual words “Remember,” “Souvenir,” and the year “2018.”
Limited to a mintage of three million coins, two million selectively coloured and one million unpainted, the two dollar collector’s coin in now in general circulation and will soon be available through public coin exchange.