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2017 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge $2 Circulation Coin Pack

2017 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge $2 Circulation Coin Pack

2017 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge $2 Circulation Coin Pack

No.158852

Mintage: 50,000

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Awaiting Stock Available from official dealers Starts shipping on Oct-24-2017

Canada only

$10.00 CAD
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VIMY: OUR FINEST HOUR.

Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with this new, limited edition $2 circulation coin. Honour the solidarity, bravery and sacrifice of Canadians who fought together to take Vimy Ridge. For $10, plus shipping and handling*, you will receive five $2 coins in a specially sealed keepsake.

In the spring of 1917, the Allies launched a new offensive on the Western Front, where all four divisions of the Canadian Corps were ordered to capture the heavily fortified Vimy Ridge. For the first time ever, divisions from all across Canada fought side-by-side at the same time to secure victory. This special two-dollar coin honours the Canadians  at Vimy, where their valour and sacrifice contributed to a defining moment for our young nation and its military.

Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco, the coin design features the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France flanked by a First World War soldier on the left and a veteran soldier on the right.

*Lettermail only.

Specifications

  • No.
    158852
  • Mintage
    50,000
  • Composition
    outer ring: three-ply nickel finish plated steel; inner core: brass-plated aluminum bronze
  • Finish
    circulation
  • Weight (g)
    6.99
  • Diameter (mm)
    28
  • Edge
    interrupted serrations
  • Certificate
    none
  • Face value
    2 dollars
  • Artist
    Tony Bianco (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Historical Information

Library and Archives Canada/PA-001079

One of the most important components to this Allied offensive was the capture of Vimy Ridge, a heavily fortified escarpment that provided sweeping views of the flat landscape below. The previous attempts to storm this enemy stronghold had failed—until those fateful four days in April 1917, when all four divisions of the Canadian Corps came together for the first time in history to fight as one in a methodically planned operation that became a defining moment for our nation.

Library and Archives Canada/PA-001270

Canada's soldiers emerged from the hard-fought battle as an offensive force to be reckoned with, and a surging sense of national identity—on the battlefield and at home. Nearly 3,600 Canadians were killed during the intense four-day operation, and 7,000 more wounded. Four Canadians earned the Victoria Cross for their actions at Vimy Ridge; as for Byng, the future Governor General of Canada was promoted to the Third British Army shortly after. In his place, 41-year-old Arthur Currie took up command of the Canadian Corps—the first Canadian to ever lead his nation's army in battle.

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