First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle - 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin (2015) - Mintage: 10,000
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1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle - Mintage: 10,000 (2015)

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1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle - Mintage: 10,000 (2015)

$112.95 CAD
Mintage: 10,000
STATUS:
Canada and US only

First coin in the new First World War Battlefront series, order today!

"Our men in the trenches describe this fire as being the most tremendous both on point of noise and in actual effect they have ever seen or heard." -- Ernest Swinton

At 7:30 a.m. on March 10, 1915, the offensive began. In an effort to tie down enemy troops on the left flank of the British assault, Canadian guns located between Fleurbaix and Laventie began shelling the enemy's front lines.  By 9 a.m., British troops had captured Neuve-Chapelle, but the destruction of communication lines halted their progress as they waited for the order to advance.

Attacks and counter-attacks waged on through March 11th and 12th, with little new ground gained. A shortage of ammunition also hampered efforts, limiting the amount of retaliatory fire which the Canadian and British gunners could fire in support of the infantry. Finally on March 13th, the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle was postponed then halted.  The Allies had gained a 2-kilometre advance, but at the cost of 12,892 Allied men including 100 Canadians.

While Canada's role at Neuve-Chapelle was a supportive one, providing a feint to the British assault, it nonetheless proved to be a valuable learning experience for the men of the CEF. Coming under fire, these citizen soldiers were steadfast despite being newcomers to trench warfare. Canadians had proved their mettle in this initial outing, and would only add to that reputation six weeks later with their remarkable courage at Ypres.

A poignant commemoration of the contributions made by members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle in 1915 during the First World War. Order yours today!

Special features:
•  EFFIGY OF KING GEORGE V: Your coin features the effigy of King George V by Sir E. B. MacKennal in selective gold plating.
•  First coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's newest First World War series entitled Battlefront, which depicts Canada's soldiers in action on the battlefields of Europe.
•  The lower portion of your coin is framed by a banner; in its centre, selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of "Victory," as it appeared on the Victory Medal that was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War. Patterned after a 19th century French medal, this bronze-lacquered copper medal was awarded in 1919 to all ranks of the Allied forces who served in the First World War—including 351,289 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).
•  A thoughtful addition to any military or history-themed collection.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:
The reverse design by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel is a finely detailed depiction of Canadian soldiers in action during the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle. In the centre, an 18-pounder field gun is manned by three Canadian gunners; billowing clouds fill the air to the right, from the ongoing bombardment, while ammunition on the ground to the left are a reminder of the constant nature of the initial artillery attack. Behind them, a sergeant stands and observes the accuracy of the shot's trajectory through binoculars. The lower portion of this poignant image is framed by a banner; in its centre, selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of "Victory," as it appeared on the Victory Medal that was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War. The effigy of King George V, who was the reigning monarch at the time, is found on the obverse.

Did you know…
•  The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle was the first British-planned offensive of the First World War.
•  The original plan had called for the French to lead an offensive at nearby Vimy Ridge — a battleground that would prove to be pivotal for Canadians later in the war.
•  The bombardment on the morning of March 10 was one of the First World War's most intensive; in fact, the Allies used more shells within that hour than had been used through the entire Boer War!
•  Only 70 metres separated the Allies from the enemy line at Neuve-Chapelle.
•  Neuve-Chapelle also marked the first time that aircraft were used to gather intelligence through aerial photography, and for bombing enemy lines.

Packaging:
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box.

Order your coin today!

Reviews

Mint Condition

4

well designed coin

golfer

london ont.

Yes

Beautiful series

5

Important to remember our military history. these coins do the job.

Den

Ottawa

Yes

Nice coin

5

Nice coin nice packaging

Daryl

Regina canada

Yes

The usual RCM quality I have come to expect.

5

A great addition for my WWW1 collection

sixpacjac

Canada

Yes

Terrific

5

This is a great addition to any collector who loves history. This coin shows the courage, and bravery of our armed forces

The Statesmanlike Schoolgirl

Moncotn, NB

Yes

Beautiful Coin

5

I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my oldest son. He is a Cheif Warrent Officer in the local Artillery Militia and I thought it would be an excellent gift for him. The coin itself is beautifully crafted and I hope he will cherish it for years to come.

Lazlowe

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Yes

World War 1 Silver Coin

5

This coin had a unique design for this particular event.

Ross

Pointe Claire, Quebec.

Yes

I would buy this product again and again

5

As a retired serviceman it fell into a "most appropriate" category

Harry

Lotus Land

Yes

Unique

5

I bought this coin to honour my late grandfather who served in both World Wars. The effigy of George V in gold plating on the obverse makes this coin unique. As a coin collector I was not disappointed. My one critism is that I believe that the mintage should have been lower.

The Collector

Toronto, ON

Yes

Beautiful tribute to our soldiers!

5

A fitting tribute to Canadian Artillery Gunners in WW1 and all those who have served in the RCA/RCHA since then! A personal reminder of my own service in the RCA Reserves.

jonesy5519

Florence

Yes

1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle - Mintage: 10000 (2015)

4.9 12

100.0

The Specifications state Susanna Blunt was the artist that did the obverse. The same effigy is on other coins of this series and is stated to be Sir E. B. MacKennal. I have the same question for another coin (147829) in this series where T.H. Paget is stated to be the artist for the obverse. I suspect this is incorrect. The text for both these two coins seem to avoid saying anything about the artist of the obverse. Please advise what is correct. History buff

JAN

Good eye! It will be adjusted.

Jamie (Product Team)

What is the second coin in this series?

Deena

The second coin is The Second Battle of Ypres.

Jamie (Product Team)

Is this Series available as a subscription?

collector

Yes its included in an 8-coin subscription at the link listed below: http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/1-oz.-fine-silver-selectively-goldplated-8coin-subscription-first-world-war-battlefront-mintage-10000-prod2310038

Anonymous

Is this coin encapsulated in a hard plastiv case?

Jim

Jim - great question! The answer is yes, most of our coins automatically come encapsulated in a plastic case.

Anonymous

Specifications

  • No.133229
  • Mintage10,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistJoel Kimmel (reverse), Sir E. B. MacKennal (obverse)

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