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Canada 2012 War of 1812 Bicentennial 200th Anniversary - HMS Shannon Frigate Sailing Ship Warship $10 Pure Silver Proof w/ 24-Karat Gold Plating

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A pure silver sailing warship (a frigate) with a gold-plated cameo of its figurehead commemorate 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 sailing ship proof!

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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.HMS Shannon
This pure silver proof features Canadian artist Bonnie Ross’ depiction of Royal Navy frigate HMS Shannon leaving the Halifax harbor during the War of 1812. In a minutely engraved design, the image covers the entire reverse face of the coin. Behind the central image of the vessel, the docks and buildings of early 19th-century Halifax harbor line the left side of the coin, while on the right side a tall ship sails in the distance. The central image is a starboard-side portrait of HMS Shannon rendered in elaborate detail, sails unfurled and filled by a steady westerly wind, jib boom and bowsprit pointed to sea. The foremast, mainmast, and mizzenmast rise regally above the storied frigate, the wind sock atop its mainmast blowing steadily in the wind. Exceptional engraving realistically renders the choppy waters of Halifax Harbor, creating a powerful sense of forward movement. On the polished silver field above and to the right of the ship, a selectively 24-karat gold-plated cameo presents the original figurehead from the HMS Shannon’s bow.

For more information on the battle between HMS Shannon and U.S.S. Chesapeake, please see the article lower in this presentation, below the blue specifications box.

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War of 1812 Bicentennial Program
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. The 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
    • $10 Pure Silver Proof #1 - Frigate HMS Shannon, a British sailing warship
    • 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"!

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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
Sailing ships are an immensely popular collecting topic - sailing warship all the more so! Even better is the selectively gold-plated cameo of HMS Shannon's figurehead, the very low mintage limit (only 10,000), and the pure silver in which it's struck! Earlier this year, the RMS Titanic $10 Pure Silver Proof (with double the mintage limit) sold out at the Mint in mere weeks. Our advice - don't delay or have regrets later!

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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Canada 2012 War of 1812 $10 Silver HMS Shannon in packageTechnology Note - Purity
The 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 proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Designed by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross, a finely detailed image of the frigate HMS Shannon leaving the Halifax harbor during the War of 1812. The legend HMS SHANNON is indicated below the ship, as is the dual date commemoration 1812-2012. The denomination also appears.


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

Country Canada
Year of Issue     2012
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit 10,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
Artist Bonnie Ross
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text


2012: Bicentennial of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 was a fundamental turning point in Canada’s history: it profoundly influenced British North America’s (Canada’s) sense of identity and united French settlers, English settlers, Indigenous communities, farmers, soldiers, artisans, and others, in an effort to preserve their ways of life from American invasion.

From the struggle emerged exceptional accounts of some of Canada’s proudest moments. These stories and the heroes that arose from them, exemplified the extraordinary characteristics required to defend British North America, and have become important symbols and enduring narratives in the history and evolution of today’s Canada.

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Victory on the High Seas: HMS Shannon

The Leda-class frigate, HMS Shannon, was launched from Frindsbury, England, in 1806. Captain Philip Broke led his vessel to many victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. When tensions between England and America rose in the autumn of 1811, HMS Shannon sailed to North America.

Captain Broke was a highly disciplined leader who rigorously trained his crew for battle. As a result, HMS Shannon was successful in battle against a number of American ships during the war. But at a time when Royal Navy morale was weakening in the face of endless fighting, including five important losses, Captain Broke sought to defeat a large American frigate in order to raise morale and to stop at least one of these large American fighting ships from seizing further victories.

Having seen USS Chesapeake preparing to put to sea from Boston Harbour in June 1813, Captain Broke sent a letter of challenge to Chesapeake’s commander, Captain James Lawrence. In it, Broke challenged Lawrence and Chesapeake’s crew to meet HMS Shannon in ship-to-ship combat. In his letter to Captain Lawrence, Captain Broke taunted him, suggesting that the engagement might “console” his country and its “little navy.”

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The letter never reached Captain Lawrence, but within hours the two ships were engaged in battle nonetheless. Although equally matched in size, Shannon’s crew was smaller: 330 men to Chesapeake’s 380. In addition, Captain Broke’s men were tired, provisions were running low, and his ship was showing signs of heavy wear. Nevertheless, Captain Broke’s crew was well-drilled, extensively trained and experienced, while his American opponents were not.

Just before 6:00 p.m. on June 1, 1813, battle between HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake began about 40 kilometres (20 nautical miles) east of Boston. The ships opened fire almost simultaneously, but the unassuming Royal Navy frigate Shannon struck first, taking out Chesapeake’s gun-ports: a tactical manoeuvre that had proven successful for Captain Broke in the past.

By 6:15 p.m., Captain Lawrence had been fatally wounded while Captain Broke had suffered a near-fatal head wound. However, the men of HMS Shannon had successfully boarded and captured USS Chesapeake. It proved to be one of the bloodiest single ship battles in any war in the age of sail and had the highest loss of life in frigate engagement during the War of 1812. Altogether, 228 men lost their lives in the intense fifteen-minute fight.

HMS Shannon escorted USS Chesapeake and her defeated crew into Halifax Harbour five days later. Captain Broke had defeated a powerful American frigate, taken it out of commission, and boosted flagging morale in the Royal Navy. Although the stalwart Captain survived his horrific wound, he never fully recovered, and never returned to active duty. He was, however, raised to the rank of baronet in September 1813.

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