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

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

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

$109.95 CAD
Mintage: 10,000
Canada and US only

Second coin in the new First World War Battlefront series! Order today!

"Imagine Hell in its worst form. You may have a slight idea of what it was like." (A Canadian Sergeant)

In April of 1915, the Allied front line formed a bulge around the Belgian town of Ypres to form what became known as the Ypres "Salient." The Germans occupied the high ground to the north, east, and south of Ypres from which they could view the Allied positions. The enemy saw it as an ideal location to break through the Allied lines.

The dawn of April 22, 1915 brought a bright, clear day.

For the soldiers of the Canadian First Division, it meant a relief from the rain and a warm welcome to springtime conditions. They had been repositioned to a quiet rear sector northeast of the town earlier that month, but now found themselves in the front-line within the Salient.

The Canadians had not yet been involved in a major engagement with the enemy—a challenge they eagerly wanted to meet so as to prove their mettle and worth. They would soon get their wish in the horrific baptism of fire that began on that warm spring day.

Around late afternoon, the Canadians viewed a greenish cloud rolling towards their trenches and those of the French and Algerian troops on the left flank. Soon they saw these troops abandoning their positions, desperately trying to escape from what soon proved to be the release of an estimated 160 tons of chlorine gas. Most—thousands—did not get far.

This opened up a huge gap in the Allied line. The Canadians adopted whatever measures possible to meet the oncoming gas and prepared to meet the German troops that were close behind. Although the Germans were able to break the Allied line at several points, they were unable to fully exploit their advantage due to the stubborn and courageous defence displayed by the Canadians.

Close quarter combat followed for days; attacks were followed by counterattacks. Throughout this, the Canadian Division was subjected to a constant, intense artillery barrage. Their tenacity along the Salient, at places such as Bois des cuisiniers, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Festubert and Frezenberg Ridge, added to the proud history of the Canadian Army and many of its most storied regiments.

Although these actions earned the Canadians a fearsome reputation, sadly, it came at a tremendous cost. When withdrawn from the battle, the Division had lost over 6,000 dead and wounded from its initial strength of 10,000.

It was during this battle, shortly after the burial of his best friend, that a Canadian Army surgeon named John McCrae penned the immortal poem "In Flanders Fields." It would soon become the anthem for the remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in a war that would last for another three and a half years.

A thoughtful addition to any military or history-themed collection. Order yours today!

Special features:
•   The second in the Royal Canadian Mint's newest First World War-themed series entitled Battlefront, which depicts Canada's soldiers in action on the battlefields of Europe.
•   EFFIGY OF KING GEORGE V: Your coin features the effigy of King George V by Sir E. B. MacKennal in selective gold plating.
•   A touching tribute to Canada's soldiers, who stood bravely in the face of unprecedented peril at the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. Their brave actions contributed to a significant chapter in Canada's history.
•   Selective gold plating beautifully showcases the faithful recreation of the winged figure of Victory from the Victory Medal.
•   Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:
The reverse design by Canadian artist Silvia Pecota transports the viewer to the front line near Ypres, and into the trenches in the thick of the battle. A Canadian soldier stands in the foreground; manned with a bayonet, his Ross rifle is raised as the soldier scopes the advancing enemy. Behind him, one man is crouched down as he tends to his rifle, which has jammed from the rapid rate of fire. Another leans against the sandbags as he fires upon the enemy. To the right, a soldier has pulled his handkerchief up over his nose in an attempt to protect himself against the burning effects of the green-yellow cloud that bore down on the Allies. It is a telling reminder of the great perils faced by the men of the First Canadian Division. 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.

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

Order your coin today!

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1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015)
 
4.9

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (19)
  • Great quality (18)
  • Unique (15)
  • One of A kind (13)
  • Good value (9)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Gift (13)
  • Special occasion (11)
  • Gift for child (6)
  • Holiday gift (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality driven (14), Budget shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16), Yes (4)

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5.0

I am looking forward to purchasing coin #5.

By Ric

from Brandon, FL

About Me Bargain Hunter, Quality Driven

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Good Value
  • Great Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

      I am a collector and/or investor.
      Historical and beautiful coins.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Excellent Coin but for Our Canadian Troops Sentimental

      By Gills

      from Hamilton,Canada

      About Me For Us To Live, I Am A Vivid Collector, I Love Canada, I Love Our Freedom, I Love Our Troops, Remember Those Who Fought

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Heritage And Honouring
      • Honour The Fallen
      • The Ones Time Has Forgot
      • The Ultimate Sacrifice

      Cons

      • Not One

      Best Uses

      • For A Piece Of History
      • For Canada
      • Great For Rememberance

      Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

      I always want to remember what I owe the fallen Heroes and the Heroes that survived the most heinous WORLD WAR AND THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WHAT A LITTLE WAY TO SHOW MY GRATITUDE !!

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Have bought 3 in this series to date and am most pleased .

      By Schreck

      from Ontario, Canada

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Good Value
      • Great Quality
      • One Of A Kind
      • Unique

      Cons

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          Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

          These coins are for my personal enjoyment and to be passed on to my grandchildren.

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          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Stunning!

          By Bird

          from Victoria, BC

          About Me History Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Great Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift For Adult
            • Gift For Child
            • Special Occasion

            Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

            I purchased this coin because this was when my late grandfather saw action, around the small village of Festubert. I have incorporated it into a shadow-box, complete with a photograph of my grandfather in his khakis and his medals bar. (One of the medals in the bar is the "Victory" medal, awarded for service during WW1; in the front is the image of "Winged Victory", the same image as appears on the coin.) This makes for a powerful presentation when speaking of my grandfather's experience. This will not be the only coin in this series I will purchase, but it is the most important.

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            4.0

            A great design.

            By Mario

            from Ottawa, Ontario

            About Me Quality Driven

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Great Quality
            • One Of A Kind
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Expensive

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              Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

              Great collection.

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              5.0

              Fantastic depiction

              By Mellowlimey

              from Raymond Ontario

              About Me Both

              Pros

              • Classy And Very Accurate

              Cons

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                • Universal

                Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                Don't usually buy coins but may make an exception here.

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful Tribute to our soldiers

                By Johnny Boy

                from Thunder Bay

                About Me Quality Driven

                Pros

                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift For Adult
                  • Gift For Child
                  • Holiday Gift
                  • Special Occasion

                  Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                  This is a fine piece of art as well as a keepsake that will be treasured and passed down for generations! Well done by the artist and great work producing it as usual by the mint.

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful design and the spirit of the battle of Ypres so we

                  By amora019

                  from Ottawa, On

                  About Me Quality Driven

                  Pros

                  • One Of A Kind

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift For Adult

                    Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                    It is hard to find good quality Canadiana memorabilia about our Canadian armed forces. This design is unique and poignant at the same time. Great memento.

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                    • Yes
                     
                    5.0

                    Superb Art Work

                    By DMan

                    from Belleville ON

                    About Me Quality Driven

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Great Quality
                    • One Of A Kind
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift For Adult
                      • Gift For Child
                      • Special Occasion

                      Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                      A wonderful treasure by an excellent artist!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      1st WW the second Battle of Ypres.

                      By Sly

                      from Montreal

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Quality
                      • One Of A Kind
                      • Unique
                      • Very Important Moment For

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                          Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Selectively Gold-Plated Coin - First World War Battlefront: The Second Battle of Ypres - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                          Decisive moment in our history.

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                          Specifications

                          • No.140830
                          • Mintage10,000
                          • Composition99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating
                          • Finishproof
                          • Weight (g) 31.39
                          • Diameter (mm) 38
                          • Edgeserrated
                          • Certificateserialized
                          • Face value20 dollars
                          • ArtistSilvia Pecota (reverse), Sir E.B. MacKennal (obverse)