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Canada 2013 French and Indian Seven Years War 250th Anniversary Special Edition $1 Silver Dollar Proof

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This low mintage, special edition Silver Dollar commemorates the French and Indian (Seven Years) War, the first true World War!

Sold out at the Mint! The Seven Years War, known in America as the French and Indian War, was the first truly world war. Canadian artist Tony Bianco has designed a montage of the peoples involved in (and affected) by the Seven Years War: British and French soldiers, Native Americans, and the colonists, particularly those residing on the eastern seaboard. The group gazes east, across the Atlantic Ocean towards the Old World, while the child represents hope for the future. The map in the background the principle theater of war in North America and the banners and embellishments at the top and bottom of the coin echo the typographical styles of 17th- and 18th-century maps and official documents. Commemorate the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War with this low mintage (only 10,000 total!), special edition pure silver dollar!

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Death_of_General_Wolfe_1759_Battle_Plains_Abraham French and Indian Seven Years WarThe World's First Real World War
The French and Indian War (1754–1763) is the American name for the North American theater of the Seven Years' War. The war was fought primarily between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France. In 1756, the war escalated from a regional affair into a world-wide conflict.

The war was fought primarily along the frontiers separating New France from the British colonies from Virginia to Nova Scotia. It began with a dispute over control of the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, called the Forks of the Ohio, and the site of the French Fort Duquesne and present-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The dispute erupted into violence in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754, during which Virginia militiamen under the command of George Washington ambushed a French patrol.

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British operations in 1755, 1756 and 1757 in the frontier areas of Pennsylvania and New York all failed, due to a combination of poor management, internal divisions, and effective French and Indian offense. Then the tide turned.
Between 1758 and 1760, the British military successfully penetrated the heartland of New France, and took control of Montreal in September 1760. British victories continued in all theaters in the Annus Mirabilis of 1759, when they finally captured Fort Ticonderoga, James Wolfe defeated Louis-Joseph de Montcalm at Quebec (in a battle that claimed the lives of both famous commanders), and victory at Fort Niagara successfully cut off the French frontier forts further to the west and south.

The obverse or portrait / effigy side of an original, silver King George III Indian Peace Medal from the time of the War of 1812.The outcome was one of the most significant developments in a century of Anglo-French conflict. France ceded French Louisiana west of the Mississippi River to its ally Spain in compensation for Spain's loss to Britain of Florida (which Spain had ceded to Britain in exchange for the return of Havana, Cuba). France's colonial presence north of the Caribbean was reduced to the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, confirming Britain's position as the dominant colonial power in the eastern half of North America.

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The war had many consequences. The French and Indian War nearly doubled Britain's national debt. The Crown, seeking sources of revenue to pay off the debt, attempted to impose new taxes on its colonies. These attempts were met with increasingly stiff resistance, until troops were called in so that representatives of the Crown could safely perform their duties. These acts ultimately led to the start of the American Revolutionary War. As for the Americans themselves, the French and Indian War proved to be a useful training ground - many troops and officers that served in the Colonial Militia, including General George Washington, fought in the French and Indian War.

As for France, she returned to North America in 1778 with the establishment of a Franco-American alliance against Great Britain in the American War of Independence (Revolutionary War). This time France succeeded in prevailing over Great Britain, in what historian Alfred Cave describes as "French revenge for Montcalm's death" on the Plains of Abraham.


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Investment Note
Here's a coin with a ton of investment potential, to say nothing of cachet! First of all, it's eminently affordable - and struck in the purest silver refined anywhere in the world - .9999 fine! The military theme is extremely popular, too, as is the denomination (it is a silver dollar, after all, and it's a special edition one at that!)! It's also one of the absolute lowest mintage pure silver dollars ever from Canada - only 10,000, far lower than the typically annual silver dollar, and the same as the infamous Queen Mother silver dollar of a decade ago, which now trades for hundreds of dollars! Don't let it sell out on you, get yours today!

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Canada 2013 Seven Years War $1 in Box Purity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This pure silver dollar is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A montage of the people involved in, and affected by, the French and Indian War, superimposed on a map of the principle theater of war, along the Eastern seaboard. The legend reads SEVEN YEARS WAR. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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") the date of issue and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging

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

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 23.17 g
Diameter 36.07 mm
Mintage Limit     10,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

 


Complete Certificate Text

Mapping the legacy of war
250th anniversary of the end of the Seven Years War (1756 – 1763)

The map of North America is a veritable history book on the societal evolution of the continent. With place-names that can be traced to a multitude of European and Aboriginal cultures, it reveals the diversity of people who played a role in this epic tale that spanned centuries—the French, British, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and First Nation peoples.

But it was the three super powers of the age that yielded the greatest influence on the map’s formation. After warring for centuries for domination in Europe, they set their sights on North America. Spain colonized the continent from the South, the British along the Atlantic Coast and the French expanded inland via the St. Lawrence Valley and the eastern seaboard.

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As ships crossed the Atlantic Ocean, they had more than sailors, soldiers and guns on board. They also carried merchants, farmers, fishers, peasant families and adventurous traders all eager to enjoy the freedom and prosperity the New World offered. Yet, as they toiled to build new lives, they did so against an undercurrent of hostility between their homelands and the constant threat of war.

By the 18th century, the conflict was primarily between Britain and France—and it intensified with far-reaching, grasping arms. The early colonists who were primarily concerned with harvesting a livelihood from the land and sea were invariably drawn into the conflict, as were First Nations people who had long-standing alliances with the Europeans, but were equally interested in protecting their own interests.

After two years, the struggle reached a breaking point when open warfare broke out in the Ohio Valley. Britain officially declared war on France one year later in 1756, and the war that ensued became one of history’s greatest wars since the fall of the Roman Empire. The Seven Years War was the world’s first global conflict extending far beyond North America to Europe, India and Africa.

In North America, the English colonies along the eastern seaboard, and the French forts extending from the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes and south beyond the Ohio Valley, determined how the war would be fought as the opponents struggled to control each stronghold. When the conflict ended in 1763, the lives of North America’s early citizens changed forever as new boundaries were drawn up. Yet, the foundation was laid for Canada as the world knows it today—the lands that define the nation, as well as the linguistic and cultural diversity of its people.

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