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In honour of all those who have served our country, the Royal Canadian Mint has been proudly issuing commemorative coins and keepsakes to mark Remembrance Day.
In 2004, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the 25-cent Poppy coin, the worlds first coloured circulation coin. The red poppy stamped on the reverse with pressurized ink had an innovative fluorescent security coating and quickly became a collector's item. Thirty million coins went into circulation in October, 2004. At the Mint Directors' Conference (MDC) in Paris, France, the 2004 coloured poppy coin was named the Most Innovative Circulation Coin.
In 2008, on the eve of Remembrance Day commemorations and the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, the Royal Canadian Mint, in association with the Royal Canadian Legion, was proud to issue another coloured poppy quarter which featured the iconic red poppy, Canada's flower of remembrance. Eleven million 25-cent coloured poppy coins entered circulation on October 27, 2008.
In addition to the red poppy coins, the Royal Canadian Mint also offered three commemorative keepsakes to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice:
1. The 2008 limited edition poppy bookmark featuring a 2008 25-cent coloured poppy circulation coin. One dollar from the sale of each bookmark was donated to the Legion's Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund, which provides financial aid to Canada's veterans and their dependants;
2. The 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War commemorative set includes a 2008 25-cent uncirculated coin depicting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Three soldiers representing Canada's land, sea and air forces stand in tribute. The set also includes the 25-cent poppy circulation coin; and
3. The limited edition poppy proof silver dollar featured a finely sculpted poppy in ultra-high relief.
Face value: 25 cents
Composition: multi-ply plated steel
Weight (g): 4.4
Diameter (mm): 23.88