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Canada 2012 War of 1812 Bicentennial 200th Anniversary - British Soldier, Native American Iroquois Indian Warrior Brave and French Canadien Voltigeur $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof

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This year the annual Silver Dollar celebrates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the second war of American Independence!


Sold out at the Mint! The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a multi-coin program to remember the War of 1812, which was, in effect, a second War of Independence for the nascent United States (that's right, we had to fight for our freedom twice!). For Americans, mention of the War of 1812 conjures up images of the Star Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry, frigate duels on the high seas, the burning of Washington, D.C. (and the White House), and Andrew Jackson's smashing victory at the Battle of New Orleans. For Canadians, the war helped begin to establish a national identity, as Native Americans and Canadian militia fought alongside British regulars to repel multiple American incursions into Canada. Commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with this low mintage, pure silver dollar!

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Old Glory, the Star-Spangled Banner, waves over Fort McHenry at the entrance to Baltimore Harbor while the British fleet bombards the fort by night, in the scene witnessed by Francis Scott Key, who penned the national anthem of the United States.New This Year! Purer silver! All versions of the annual War of 1812 Silver Dollar are now struck in 99.99% pure silver - the purest silver on the planet!

Continuing This Year! Lowest mintage limit ever for this annual release - only 40,000! (That's 10,000 less than 2010!) Compare that to the mintage of a typical U.S. commemorative silver dollar (500,000 - that half a million!). We recommend not delaying and believe that this silver dollar will sell out.

The Mint has released an outstanding program of coins in honor of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, including several numismatic silver dollars. All feature a dynamic, military design. This silver dollar design is available in 3 different varieties, included among these program options:

    • Silver Dollar #1 - A Brilliant Uncirculated Pure Silver Dollar in presentation case
    • Silver Dollar #2 - A Proof Pure Silver Dollar in presentation case
    • Proof Set #1 - The low mintage, 8-Coin Silver Dollar Proof Set (with the same proof silver dollar as above)
    • Proof Set #2 - The even-lower-mintage 8-Coin Pure Silver Proof Set with special gold-plated War of 1812 silver dollar
    • Gold Proof! The mintage of 2,000 War of 1812 Coat of Arms $10 Pure Gold Proof
    • Silver Kilogram - Ultra-rare, mintage of 600 Indian Peace Medal 1 Kilogram Ultra High Relief Silver Proof

...and don't forget the U.S.S. Constitution Pure Silver Dollar with Color - the victor of several War of 1812 battles against British ships, during which she earned the nickname "Old Ironsides"!

Designed by Ardell Bourgeois, this silver dollar highlights the role of multiple combatants in defending the British colonies in Canada. Superimposed on a map of Upper and Lower Canada in the Eastern Great Lakes region, three soldiers (a sergeant in the British regular army, a Native American Iroquois warrior brave, and a Voltigeur Canadien or militia), all in historically accurate uniforms, guard the border with unity of purpose to defend the colonies they represent.

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The War of 1812 - The Canadian Perspective
The famous naval duel of the War of 1812 between the American frigate USS Constitution and the British ship HMS Guerriere, which ended in a smashing American victory!In the United States, battles such as the Battle of New Orleans of 1815 and the Battle of Baltimore of 1814 (which inspired the lyrics of the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner") produced a sense of euphoria over this "Second War of Independence" against Great Britain. It ushered in the "Era of Good Feelings" in which partisan animosity nearly vanished.

For Canadians, the War of 1812 does not figure as large on the national landscape, but still represents a rich historical moment steeped in both fact and myth, complete with heroes and villains, glorious victories and disastrous defeats. While the conflict did not predestine the emergence of Canada as a nation, outcomes like the sustained sovereignty of British North America and the collaborative experience of resisting American forces would eventually help to feed Canada’s transition from British colony to dominion to independent nation.

English colonists, French Canadiens and Native Americans alike recognized that American invasion threatened their own independence and way of life. They had good reason to fret: the United States continued to expand relentlessly southward and westward throughout the nineteenth century, eventually annexing Hawaii and the Philippines by century's end.

The War of 1812 was hard fought on both sides for two more years, over which time some of Canada’s proudest moments arose. The hard lessons learned in the War further strengthened the physical and economic ties between Upper and Lower Canada, promoting greater colonial unity. More viscerally, the conflict spawned shared stories and heroes that represent a common thread in the histories of all of Canada’s founding peoples.

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Investment Note
For the second year in a row, the mint has imposed a strict, reduced mintage limit of only 40,000 on the Annual Proof Silver Dollar, 10,000 less than in 2010! 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.

Canada 2012 Silver Dollar War of 1812 BU in boxObverse
Superimposed on a map of Upper and Lower Canada in the Eastern Great Lakes region, three soldiers (a sergeant in the British regular army, a Native American Iroquois warrior brave, and a Voltigeur Canadien or militia), all in historically accurate uniforms, guard the border with unity of purpose to defend the colonies they represent. The dual date 1812-2012 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

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 box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 23.17 g
Diameter 36.07 mm
Mintage Limit     40,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Ardell Bourgeois
Certificate Individually Numbered

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