Royal Canadian Mint Commemorates 75th Anniversary Of Declaration Of The Second World War With Two-Dollar Circulation Coin

Royal Canadian Mint Commemorates 75th Anniversary Of Declaration Of The Second World War With Two-Dollar Circulation Coin

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Mr. Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint and Mr. Warren "Whitey" Bernard unveil a $2 circulation coin featuring the iconic "Wait for Me, Daddy" photograph, at a special memorial event in New Westminster, BC.

Coin features iconic Wait for Me, Daddy photograph

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, OCTOBER 4, 2014 – No other photograph in Canadian history is as widely known as Wait for Me, Daddy, nor did any other capture so poignantly the impact of the war effort on the lives of Canadians. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Mint was proud to unveil a new circulation two-dollar coin bearing this iconic image, during the City of New Westminster's ceremonial reveal of the Wait for Me, Daddy War memorial sculpture, which was held today.

"The Mint has embarked on an extensive coin program that will last until 2020, to commemorate the many aspects of Canada's experience, at home and on the battlefield, during the First and Second World Wars," said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "This new circulation coin furthers our proud tradition of remembering the many sacrifices of Canadians at times of war."

The reverse image is inspired by the iconic photograph Wait for Me, Daddy, which was taken on October 1, 1940, in New Westminster by photographer Claude Dettloff. The men of the B.C. Regiment, the Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles, formed an impressive line as they marched down the street. In the centre of the image, a pale-haired young boy, Warren "Whitey" Bernard, has broken free of his mother's grasp to reach out to his uniformed father, who is marching off to war.

Limited to a mintage of five million coins, Canadians can start looking for the Wait for Me, Daddy two-dollar circulation coin in their change, attend coin exchanges at special events in select locations across Canada, as well as at the Mint's Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver boutiques, or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange at www.mint.ca/waitformedaddy (limited to Canada only).  Related numismatic products will also be available for pre-sale on mint.ca as of October 4th.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit. www.mint.ca

Images of this coin are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

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For more information, media are asked to contact:

Christine Aquino
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Royal Canadian Mint
Telephone: 613-993-9999
aquino@mint.ca