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Canada 2018 Lest We Forget - Mark I 1916 Brodie Helmet - Armistice Centennial 1918 - 11-11-11 World War I 100th Anniversary of the First World War $25 1-1/2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Antique Finish Coin L10

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Remember the signing of the 1918 Armistice that ended the "War to End All Wars" with this INCREDIBLE helmet-shaped Lest We Forget pure silver antique finish coin that commemorates the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918!
 
Signed in 1918 “on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleven month,” the Armistice of Compiègne put an end to hostilities during the First World War. Sadly, more than 66,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland lost their lives in the Great War, amidst the more than 9 million combat fatalities.

A century later, we honor the memory of all who served in the Great War with the Mint's most unusual shaped coin yet: a replica of a soldier’s Mark I Brodie steel helmet. The extreme curvature and antique finish leave a lasting impression, especially with added engraved touches that give the helmet a realistic, battle-worn appearance. Lest We Forget.

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The_Battle_of_Vimy_Ridge_First_World_War_I_The_Taking_Of_Vimy_Ridge_Easter_Monday_1917_oil_painting_by_War_Artist_Canadian_Richard_Jack In the early morning hours of November 11, German and Allied representatives met in a railway car near Compiègne, France, to sign the armistice. The agreement went into effect six hours later, at 11 a.m. Paris time. The Armistice represented a ceasefire, not the formal end of the First World War. That came with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.
    
“Armistice Day” was first observed in 1919. In fact, from 1919 to 1930, Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the same day in Canada. In 1931, a bill was passed to move Thanksgiving to October and give Armistice Day (re-named Remembrance Day to honor the combatants) a fixed date of November 11. In the United States we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th as well.

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A Solemn, Handsome Design
The flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland.Hearkening back to the coins of the era, the design channels a nation’s spirit in 1918 while paying tribute to the hour, day and month that the Armistice went into effect. The numeral 11 represents the eleventh hour, the eleventh day and the eleventh month: November 11, 11 a.m., or the exact moment the guns fell silent.

Resembling the 1916 Mark I model worn by Canadian combatants, your combat helmet-shaped coin is the result of a careful collaboration between Royal Canadian Mint engravers and engineers. Your coin’s unprecedented, extreme curvature allows for a realistic re-creation (on a much smaller scale) of the bowl-shaped headgear issued to Canadian troops and all British Empire forces in 1916. The reverse provides a view of the top of the now-iconic steel helmet, whose battle-worn appearance is the result of engraved “cracks” and “markings” beneath the antique finish that gives it all a distressed look. Along the brim that helped protect soldiers from airborne debris, the heartfelt assurance “LEST WE FORGET N’OUBLIONS JAMAIS” is flanked by engraved poppies, while the double dates “1918” and “2018” mark the centennial of Armistice.

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Weapons of Destruction - World War I
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Technology 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 more than 1.5 troy ounce coin is 99.99% pure!

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Australian and New Zealand troops establish a beachhead during the initial ANZAC landings at ANZAC Cove, the start of the Battle of Gallipoli land campaign in 1915, during the First World War I.Obverse
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Reverse
The reverse of each coin features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 25 Dollars
Weight 47.60 g
Diameter 52.35 mm
   
Finish Antique
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Royal Canadian Mint designers
Certificate Individually Numbered


"The War to End All Wars" & the Technology of Death
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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