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Canada 2015 World War I In Flanders Fields 100th Anniversary - Poppy for Veterans / Remembrance / Armistice Day and King George V First World War WWI Special Edition $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Red and Black Enamel

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Remember the 100th anniversary of the poignant World War I poem In Flanders Fields and the poppy with this low mintage, special edition pure silver dollar military proof with red and black enamel!

Sold out at the Mint!In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of First World War, Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the military-themed coin. The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the poem In Flanders Fields, which was written by Canadian physician and officer Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae amid the horrors of the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915. Through his hauntingly poignant poem, McCrae succeeded in giving a voice to the 60,000 Canadians who would lose their lives in the First World War, and ignited an international effort to keep their legacy alive. To mark this anniversary, this special edition, proof finish pure silver dollar with red and black enamel is a solemn remembrance of those who bravely served their country abroad in a time of war - lest we forget. The reverse of each coin replicates the original portrait of King George V, the wartime monarch during World War I, as found on Canadian coinage of the era.

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In Flanders Field Silver $1 in BoxA Most Poignant Design
The design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco masterfully combines vibrantly colored enamel with finely detailed engraving to create a stirring scene of remembrance. Like a quiet moment that is frozen in time, two Canadian soldiers stand on either side of a makeshift grave to mourn a fallen friend and fellow soldier, who lies buried far from home. With his head bent down and dress cap removed, one solemn soldier stands to the left of the stone grave. To the right, an armed soldier is seen in side profile with his rifle pointed downwards. These two soldiers would be among the many who helped carry the legacy left behind by the fallen, as prompted in McCrae’s poem:

     Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

The background is filled with a blood-red poppy, forever immortalized by In Flanders Fields. Here, this powerful symbol of remembrance adds a rich vibrancy to the design with its deep, rich colors of opaque red and black enamel.

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The Poem In Flanders Fields
The poem In Flanders Fields served as the inspiration behind the adoption of the poppy as a widely recognized memorial symbol, making this coin a fitting tribute to the brave soldiers who served their country in times of war - not only in the First World War, but in other conflicts that followed during the 20th century - World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars.

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In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Poppy FieldBetween 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 McCrea

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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 the West'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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Weapons of Destruction - World War I
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The vibrant blood-red poppy petals, as well as its black center, feature the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented enamel technology. This proprietary technique applies deep, rich, semi-opaque colors to the coin, while the glaze over these hues enhances the effect of real enamel.

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Purity Note
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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Obverse

In Flanders Field $1 Silver Enamel The design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco masterfully combines vibrantly colored enamel with finely detailed engraving to create a stirring scene of remembrance that evokes the opening lines of John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse
A frosted cameo portrait of His Majesty, King George V, in profile facing left. This portrait was executed by the artist, sculptor and designer Sir E. B. MacKennal. The legend GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: REX ET IND: IMP: (“George V, King and Emperor of India by the Grace of God”) replicates the design of the original coinage.

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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 full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2015
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 23.17 g
Diameter 36 mm
Mintage Limit      10,000
   
Finish Proof with Color Enamel
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

"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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