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Canada 2010 Navy Centennial 100th Anniversary - Frigate HMCS Halifax $1 Aureate Dollar BU

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This hard-to-find dollar celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy & features the warship HMCS Halifax!

Sold out at the Mint!Canada is a vast nation, bordered by three major oceans, so its no surprise that it has the largest coastline in the world. For the past century, the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) have stood their guard at sea, protecting the country from threats as diverse as totalitarianism, terrorism, resource exploitation, pollution violation, narcotics trafficking and illegal immigration. As the warships of Canada’s navy continue to defend the nation’s interests in home waters and around the world, the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the navy's 100th anniversary with a stupendous coin program. The obverse of the dollar coin (designed by Nova Scotia artist Bonnie Ross) features a modern Halifax-class frigate, saluted by a sailor of 1910 and a contemporary female naval officer. An anchor at the top of the design represents Canada’s naval service.

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The modern, Canadian guided missile frigate HMCS Halifax (hull pennant number 330), a powerful warship of the Royal Canadian Navy.HMCS Halifax
HMCS Halifax is the namesake of a class of modern frigate warships. She was laid down in St. John, New Brunswick in 1987, launched a year later, and commissioned in 1992. Her hull pennant number is 330. She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax in her namesake city, Halifax, a name that was also born by HMCS Halifax (K237), a Flower Class Corvette of World War II, as well as the very first warship built in Halifax, HMS Halifax (built in 1768).

Within hours of the massive earthquake that ravaged Haiti in January 2010, HMCS Halifax and HMCS Athabaskan (an Iroquois-class destroyer) were dispatched to provide humanitarian aid. They remained on station for two months enabling humanitarian efforts. The Canadian Navy’s swift response to Haiti’s unexpected disaster was a fitting representation of a century of rapid responses to crises. Since its beginning, The Royal Canadian Navy has, over and over, successfully adapted to meet the numerous challenges thrown in its path.

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The Royal Canadian Navy
The World War I era 6-inch gun protected cruiser HMCS Niobe, was the second ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910. The Naval Service Act brought the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) into being on May 4, 1910. When the First World War broke out, the RCN had fewer than 350 sailors and only two warships. (One of these, the 6-inch gun cruiser HMCS Niobe, is pictured on the Centennial stamp release in the Navy Coin & Stamp Set. She was the second ship commissioned into the RCN.) By the end of the Second World War, the RCN had grown into one of the world’s greatest naval forces, with roughly 100,000 men and women and a fleet of 365 warships!

Over the years, the RCN (now called the Canadian Navy or Maritime Command (MARCOM), the naval element of the Canadian Forces) has served in all the major theaters of war, and is a great source of pride to Canadians. For example, the Royal Canadian Navy was a valuable component of Canada’s contribution to NATO. Today the Navy provides humanitarian relief on numerous occasions, and has participated in the campaign against terrorism, and in other domestic and international maritime operations.

For a more detailed presentation on the modern Canadian Navy, please see the feature lower on this page.

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The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes.Navy Silver Dollars
The Royal Canadian Mint has also struck low-mintage silver dollars to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the RCN. Each depicts HMCS Sackville, the last surviving World War II corvette and living memorial to the Royal Canadian Navy, its pennant number (K181) clearly visible on its hull. The Canadian Navy’s motto “Ready Aye Ready/Prêt Oui Prêt” in Morse code surrounds the design. Three different varieties are available:

    •  The Brilliant Uncirculated Silver Dollar in presentation case
    •  The Proof Dollar in presentation case
    •  The 8 Coin Silver Proof Set with special gold-plated Navy dollar

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This is Royal Canadian Navy Centennial dollar in brilliant uncirculated condition. The vast majority of these dollars entered circulation where they have worn and become impaired, and therefore are not in collectible condition, unlike our examples.

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The modern frigate HMCS Halifax plows through the waves while being saluted by a seaman from 1910 and a contemporary female naval officer. The anchor at the top of the design represents Canada’s naval service. The legend NAVY 1910-2010 MARINE denotes the theme. The denomination is also displayed.

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.

SpecificationsThe World War I era 6-inch gun protected cruiser HMCS Niobe, was the second ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value 1 Dollar
Weight 7.00 g
Diameter 26.50 mm
Mintage Limit     7 million
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition Aureate (nickel plated with bronze)
Edge Plain, 11-Sided
Artist Bonnie Ross
Packaging Archival Quality Mylar Holder

The Canadian Navy
Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM), also known as the Canadian Navy, is the maritime division of the Canadian Forces. While equal in rank and position, the Chief of the Maritime Staff takes precedence over the Chiefs of the Land and Air Staffs following the tradition of the Royal Navy.

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The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes. MARCOM is the descendant of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), which was Canada's naval service from 1910 until February 1, 1968. Prior to 1910, the Royal Navy provided the maritime defense of Canada. In 1968, the RCN was merged with the army and air force to form the Canadian Armed Forces. MARCOM's ships are commissioned as Her Majesty's Canadian Ships; the initial HMCS designates them as the ships of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces. As of 2008, there were 33 warships (including 4 submarines), 9,000 regular force sailors, and 4,000 reserve sailors in MARCOM.

With its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, MARCOM has command and control of three formations:
   1)  Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) comprises the Canadian Fleet Atlantic, and has responsibility for Canada's Atlantic Area of Responsibility including the eastern Arctic. MARLANTHQ is based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
   2)  Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) comprises the Canadian Fleet Pacific and has responsibility for Canada's Pacific Area of Responsibility that includes the Western half of the Canadian Arctic. MARPACHQ is based at CFB Esquimalt near Victoria, British Columbia.
   3)  The Naval Reserve Headquarters (NAVRESHQ), located at the Pointe-a-Carcy Naval Complex, in Quebec City, Quebec, responsible for 24 Naval Reserve divisions across the country. The base is also home to Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec and HMCS Montcalm.

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