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Canada 2010 Poppy Special Edition $1 Silver Proof Dollar with Color Enamel World War I in Flanders Field for Veterans / Remembrance / Armistice Day

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Get it fast! The mint's first-ever enameled Poppy silver dollar, with a mintage of only 5,000, commemorates "the war to end all wars"!

Sold out at the Mint!Major hostilities of the First World War were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice. After World War I, fields of poppies flowered on the battlefields of Flanders. November 11th was set aside each year as Veterans Day (originally called Armistice Day), when we pause to remember those who have served in the armed forces, and those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom. The blood-red poppy is a most appropriate symbol of remembrance for our honored war dead who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Single PoppyThe Poppy
When the poet John McCrae wrote the famous words, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” only destiny knew the impact his words would have on the world. In giving a voice to the anguish McCrae must have felt as he witnessed the horrors of war, In Flanders Fields also gave voice to the poppy - the humble, scarlet flower that grew to become Canada’s quintessential symbol of remembrance.

This was not the first time a link between the poppy and war had been made. A century earlier, a writer during the Napoleonic wars noted how the battlefields became covered with poppies once the fighting was over.

Now with the First World War, the battles that took place in Flanders infused the soil with lime that enabled the poppy to thrive in a landscape of destruction. Nature could not have selected a more fitting symbol to solemnize a soldier’s ultimate sacrifice. For McCrae, the poppy was a life-changing sight. Today, it’s a powerful reminder that inspires thousands of people across Canada and increasingly throughout North America to honor the men and women who have given their lives for freedom.

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Poppy Field Please see the end of this article for the complete text of the poem In Flanders Fields.

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Investment Notes
In 2005 the Royal Canadian Mint introduced their first special edition silver dollar with a mintage of only 5,000, the Canada Flag Silver Dollar with Red Enamel. This coin sold out instantly at the mint and now trades for several multiples of its release price, having proven to be a great investment. The subsequent enameled Medal of Bravery Silver Dollar also had a mintage of 5,000 and also sold out in record time. This was followed by the Native American Chief Joseph Brant Enameled Silver Dollar.

Now the mint has released another special edition silver dollar with an equally low mintage, the very first Poppy silver dollar ever minted with full-color enamel, so we advise you to act quickly!

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Weapons of Destruction - World War I
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"The War to End All Wars" & the Technology of Death
The flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland. In President Woodrow Wilson's famous words, the First World War was "the war to end all wars," or such was the hope of a ravaged Europe in 1918. Never before in human history had science and technology been harnessed to such an extent in the service of Death. Never before had war been waged simultaneously in the skies, on the earth, and below the waves. Never before had the world seen the ruinous destruction wrought by airplanes, tanks and submarines. Never before had it witnessed the desolation of trench warfare - the deafening artillery fire, sweeping machine guns mowing down rows of soldiers, and lethal poison gases.

Over 65 million soldiers from around the world served their countries in battle. Historians estimate that up to 10 million lost their lives, while 20 million others were wounded. Today, as the world pays tribute to the last surviving veterans of this terrible conflict, these significant coins will forever honor the legacy of all who fought for freedom.

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Technology Note
The multi-colored Poppy Enamel Silver Dollar features the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented enamel effect technology. This proprietary technique applies deep, rich, semi-opaque colors to the coin, while the glaze over these hues creates the effect of real enamel.

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2010 Poppy $1 Silver Enamel Color Proof in boxObverse
A single poppy flower (enameled in full color) is set in a field of poppies that stretch endlessly to the horizon, representing the untold legions who have died for freedom. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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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") also appears.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, 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.

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SpecificationsThe flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 25.175 g
Diameter 36.00  mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Enamel Color 
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Christie Paquet
Certificate Individually Numbered


In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

    -  John McCrae

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