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Canada 2010 Navy Centennial 100th Anniversary - World War II Corvette HMCS Sackville Second World War $1 Silver Dollar Proof

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This year the annual Silver Dollar celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy!


Sold out at the Mint!Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy! This coin features HMCS Sackville, the last surviving corvette and living memorial to the Royal Canadian Navy, its pennant number (K181) clearly visible on its hull. The Canadian Navy’s motto “Ready Aye Ready/Prêt Oui Prêt” in Morse code surrounds the design.

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The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes. The Mint has released an outstanding program of coins in honor of the Canadian Navy, including both aureate, circulating commemorative dollars as well as numismatic silver dollars. All feature warships. This silver dollar design is available in 3 different varieties. The program comprises:

    •  Loonie-style aureate dollar with HMCS Halifax
    •  Coin & Stamps Set with HMCS Niobe and HMCS Halifax
    •  A Brilliant Uncirculated Dollar in presentation case
    •  A Proof Dollar in presentation case
    •  The 8 Coin Silver Proof Set with special gold-plated Navy dollar

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HMCS Sackville - The Last Corvette
It was the Second World War that brought Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to its apogee. Well before the entry of the United States into the war, England and her affiliated commonwealth nations, including Canada, were fighting for their lives as the Battle of the Atlantic raged. To counter the growing danger of Nazi U-boats, more than 120 escort vessels called corvettes were built.

These small but sturdy warships were based on the design of a whale catcher, with a simple design meant to be produced quickly and inexpensively. Armed with a 4 inch bow gun, depth charges, a hedgehog launcher and anti-aircraft cannon, the Flower class corvettes became the guardians of the North Atlantic, escorting vital convoys and attacking the submarine menace that had previously threatened the England's lifeline during the First World War.

His/Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Sackville was one of the original 1939-40 Flower Class corvettes ordered for the Royal Canadian Navy. She was built at Saint John, New Brunswick and entered service in December 1941. The corvette class, with 122 built in Canada, had elevated the RCN to the third largest navy in the world by war’s end.

The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes.HMCS Sackville earned distinction for engaging U-boats at sea. In August 1942 Sackville fought a series of fierce actions escorting Convoy ON-115. Deprived of air cover by heavy fog, the convoy was attacked by two successive U-boat wolf packs off the coast of Newfoundland. On August 3, Sackville caught the German submarine U-43 on the surface and, as the submarine dove, made a series of depth charge attacks that blew U-43 out of the water. The submarine managed to survive but had to flee to occupied Europe for repairs. The next day Sackville attacked U-704 as it dove, causing the submarine to break off its attack leaving Sackville to rescue two survivors from an abandoned but still floating merchant ship. Only a few hours later, Sackville detected U-552 on the surface with radar and landed a four inch shell on the submarine's conning tower followed by a depth charge. U-552 nearly sank but managed to regain control and creep back to Germany heavily damaged. Sackville's attacks had played a key role in allowing the 41 ship convoy to escape with the loss of only two ships.

Although she had sustained heavy damage, Sackville was retained for post-war service, first as a training ship and afterwards as a research vessel for the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. In 1982, she was acquired by The Canadian Naval Memorial and reconverted to her original state in 1994. Today, as the last surviving corvette, Sackville serves as The Canadian Naval Memorial, a living museum dedicated to the courageous people who have served in Canada’s navy. She is berthed at the Sackville Landing Wharf, Lower Water Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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The Canadian Navy
The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes.Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM), also known as the Canadian Navy, is the maritime division of the Canadian Forces. While equal in rank and position, the Chief of the Maritime Staff takes precedence over the Chiefs of the Land and Air Staffs following the tradition of the Royal Navy.
MARCOM is the descendant of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), which was Canada's naval service from 1910 until February 1, 1968. Prior to 1910, the Royal Navy provided the maritime defense of Canada. In 1968, the RCN was merged with the army and air force to form the Canadian Armed Forces. MARCOM's ships are commissioned as Her Majesty's Canadian Ships; the initial HMCS designates them as the ships of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces. As of 2008, there were 33 warships (including 4 submarines), 9,000 regular force sailors, and 4,000 reserve sailors in MARCOM.

With its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, MARCOM has command and control of three formations:
   1)  Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) comprises the Canadian Fleet Atlantic, and has responsibility for Canada's Atlantic Area of Responsibility including the eastern Arctic. MARLANTHQ is based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
   2)  Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) comprises the Canadian Fleet Pacific and has responsibility for Canada's Pacific Area of Responsibility that includes the Western half of the Canadian Arctic. MARPACHQ is based at CFB Esquimalt near Victoria, British Columbia.
   3)  The Naval Reserve Headquarters (NAVRESHQ), located at the Pointe-a-Carcy Naval Complex, in Quebec City, Quebec, responsible for 24 Naval Reserve divisions across the country. The base is also home to Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec and HMCS Montcalm.

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2010 Silver Dollar 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy Centennial in boxInvestment Note
This year the mint has imposed a strict mintage limit of only 50,000 on the Annual Proof Silver Dollar, even less than in 2008! All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all silver dollar collectors need this affordable precious metal coin, so it seems like a sure sell-out.

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Obverse
A dramatic view of HMCS Sackville slicing through the high seas, the distinctive shape of her whale catcher hull and the 4-inch gun of her main armament in full evidence. The Canadian Navy’s motto “Ready Aye Ready/Prêt Oui Prêt” in Morse code surrounds the design.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and the Royal Canadian Mint mint mark also appear.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsThe World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 25.175 g
Diameter 36.07 mm
Mintage Limit     50,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Yves Bérubé
Certificate Individually Numbered

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