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Canada 2018 Armistice Centennial 1918 - 11-11-11 World War I 100th Anniversary of the First World War $10 1/2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Specimen Finish Coin L10

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Remember the signing of the 1918 Armistice that ended the "War to End All Wars" with this special edition pure silver specimen 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. To honor the memory of all the fallen, this pure silver specimen finish coin commemorates the centennial of the Armistice with a solemn vignette that speaks to both victory and peace, as well as a nation’s pride and grief, and recalls the cost of the “War to End All Wars.”

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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 by by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw 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.

Your coin features a soldier with his head bowed as if in silent prayer for his lost mates, and the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. This special issue coin is an expression of a nation’s gratitude for peace—a memento to honor the legacy of the combatants whose contributions we collectively remember every November 11. At the end of the First World War, the soldier is war weary and contemplative; his helmet is off, he holds his rifle upright; he is grateful that he is alive but his head is bowed, as if in silent prayer for his lost mates.

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Weapons of Destruction - World War I
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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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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 silver dollar 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 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
   
Finish Specimen
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Laurie McGaw
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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