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Canada 2011 Highway of Heroes and Military Memorial Cross $10 Pure Silver Maple Leaf Proof SML

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Canada's military Memorial Cross and the Highway of Heroes honor the fallen on this one-year-only Silver Maple Leaf design!

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Here's a low-mintage Silver Maple Leaf that honors the fallen soldiers with two icons of Canada's military heritage - the Memorial Cross (instituted during World War I) and the Highway of Heroes (more on each of these in the articles below). Overlaid on a proof finish version of Canada's iconic Silver Maple Leaf design, this one-year-only Maple design has been made affordable for collectors everywhere!

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Canada's military Memorial Cross, also known as the Silver Cross.Canada's Memorial Cross
The Memorial Cross (often known as the Silver Cross) is a Canadian military medal awarded to the mother, widow, widower, or next of kin of any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who loses his or her life in active service, including peacekeeping, and other such international operations.

On December 1, 1919, King George V, on the advice of his Cabinet, created the Memorial Cross as a symbol of personal loss and sacrifice for the widows and mothers of Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen who had lost their lives in the service of their country during the First World War. The medal was granted to a widower for the first time in 2006, and in January 2007 the criteria for awarding the Memorial Cross were altered, retroactive to October 2001, so that all service related deaths were to be recognized, not simply those occurring during overseas missions. Further, the regulations were again changed in January 2009 to allow for the award of up to three crosses to a service member's family, also retroactive to October 2001.

The Memorial Cross is in the form of a silver cross patonce with at the top of the vertical arm a St. Edward's Crown, symbolizing the Canadian monarch's role as the fount of honor, and at the end of the other arms a maple leaf. At the center, within a laurel wreath, is the reigning monarch's Royal Cypher. This medallion is worn on the left chest, on a purple colored ribbon which is attached to the cross by a silver ring. However, since January 1945, the Memorial Cross has been presented with a straight silver brooch bar in place of the purple ribbon.

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Highway of Heroes
An overpass on the Highway of Heroes in Canada, honoring the fallen soldier with a solemn tribute of flags.Whenever fallen Canadian soldiers are returned to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, a scene plays itself out all along the 172-kilometer stretch of Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto:

It’s a sunny summer evening and a crowd has gathered on the Cranberry Road bridge. This overpass in Port Hope, Ontario spans the Macdonald–Cartier Freeway (known to most as the 401) about 170 kilometers east of Toronto. The people on the bridge come from every walk of life. Nobody has told them to be here. Their assembly is spontaneous. Many of them carry Canadian flags.

A branch of beautiful red, orange & yellow maple leaves in the autumn or fall - leaf.At one point, the traffic below dwindles. Then comes the spreading stillness possible only when pride and sorrow are combined in so many gathered hearts. There is no noise now, no talking. The crowd stands silently, hand to heart, flag to sky. A convoy approaches in the distance. The motorcade passes slowly on the highway below: one car, two. Then a hearse. Its windows are open and from inside a hand waves a beret to acknowledge the silent compatriots gathered outside, pouring out their gratitude, sympathy, and love to those within.

The convoy fades into the distance. The people disperse. Some are crying, all are solemn. They go back to their everyday lives, hopeful that they will not need to meet here again, but thankful that they have.

Today officially known as the Highway of Heroes, this passageway marks the solemn journey of fallen soldiers and their families to the Center for Forensic Sciences in Toronto, and preparation for their final resting place. The official designation for this stretch of highway was borne of a spontaneous and unprecedented grassroots movement inspired by the thousands of Canadians who, since 2002, have gathered of their own volition along the roadways and overpasses of this route to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for this proud nation.

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Technology Note
Canada 2011 Highway Of Heroes $10 Silver Coin in boxThe Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This silver specimen coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A one-year-only maple leaf design featuring the Highway of Heroes and the military Memorial Cross. 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 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.

SpecificationsCanada's military Memorial Cross, also known as the Silver Cross.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit    25,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Captain Carl Gauthier with
Stand Witten
Certificate Individually Numbered

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