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1.5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Lest We Forget - Mintage: 6,500 (2018)

1.5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Lest We Forget - Mintage: 6,500 (2018)

$199.95 CAD
Mintage: 6,500
STATUS:
Canada and US only
73% SOLD! 

A FIRST: A helmet-shaped replica of a soldier's Mark I steel helmet. Order today.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns finally fell silent across the Western Front. The Armistice of 1918 signalled the end of a conflict that changed the world and claimed the lives of nine million combatants, including 66,655 Canadians. A century later, we honour the memory of all Canadians who served in the Great War with our most unusual shaped coin yet: a replica of a soldier’s Mark I steel helmet. Your coin’s extreme curvature and antique finish leave a lasting impression, especially with added engraved touches that give the helmet a realistic, battle-worn appearance—Lest We Forget.

Add a realistic re-creation of a 1916 helmet-shaped coin to your war-themed collection. Order today.

Special features:
  • ONE OF OUR MOST UNFORGETTABLE FIRSTS: Your coin is our first extreme curvature coin is an exceptional feat of craftsmanship, with a more deeply curved surface than any other concave- or convex-shaped coin.
  • ONE HUNDRED YEARS LATER, CANADA HAS NOT FORGOTTEN: A century later, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the anniversary of the Armistice with its most unusual coin yet: a poignant symbol of remembrance shaped like the steel helmets worn by Canadian combatants in the First World War.
  • ANTIQUE FINISH: Your coin’s antique finish gives an appropriately aged and distressed look, while the engraved “cracks” and “markings” complete the helmet’s battle-worn appearance—a reminder of the reality of war and the hardships endured by those who fought and hoped for peace.
  • A POWERFUL TRIBUTE TO COURAGE AND SACRIFICE: The small-scale replica of the steel helmet worn by Canadian soldiers in the First World War is a heartfelt tribute to their legacy, echoed in the poppy-flanked words engraved along the brim: “LEST WE FORGET N’OUBLIONS JAMAIS”.
  • LIMITED MINTAGE: Only 6,500 coins will be made worldwide.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • 1.5 OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN: Your coin is GST/HST exempt!

Design:

Resembling the 1916 Mark I model worn by Canadian combatants, your combat helmet-shaped coin is the result of a careful collaboration between Royal Canadian Mint engravers and engineers. Your coin’s unprecedented, extreme curvature allows for a realistic re-creation (on a much smaller scale) of the bowl-shaped headgear issued to Canadian troops and all British Empire forces in 1916. The reverse provides a view of the top of the now-iconic steel helmet, whose battle-worn appearance is the result of engraved “cracks” and “markings” beneath the antique finish that gives it all a distressed look. Along the brim that helped protect soldiers from airborne debris, the heartfelt assurance “LEST WE FORGET N’OUBLIONS JAMAIS” is flanked by engraved poppies, while the double dates “1918” and “2018” mark the centennial of Armistice. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt engraved deep in the recessed circular crown, while the legend and face value are engraved on the brim.

Protecting Canadians:

The Mark I steel helmet was the standard-issue headgear of the Canadian troops during the Great War — but not until 1916.

France was the first to mass-produce steel headgear designed for this modern war, having introduced the M15 Adrian helmet in 1915. A design patented by John L. Brodie (hence the name “Brodie helmet”) soon offered a few advantages over the French model, namely a streamlined construction from a single sheet of strong Hadfield’s steel; it, too, would be superseded by the improved Mark I model distributed to British Empire forces in 1916.

Deeper than Brodie’s original design, the Mark I had a two-part liner, a rolled rim and a less reflective finish to allow a measure of camouflage. The helmet was produced by British manufacturers and issued in late winter 1916 to Canadian troops, who welcomed the now-iconic headgear in spite of the added equipment weight of 950 grams of steel.

Did you know…
  • In 1914 and much of 1915, Allied troops typically went into combat without any protective headwear, only their standard-issue fabric caps.
  • Production of the Mark I helmet was limited at first, with only 1 in 5 Canadian soldiers equipped by March 1916. Initially, helmets were kept in the forward trenches for use by the soldiers occupying the sector; by the end of 1916, every Canadian soldier had been issued a Mark I helmet of his own.
  • Another example of modern equipment developed for this modern war, the Mark I helmet served as the basic design for all steel helmets worn by Canadian forces until the mid-20th century. Its domed shape was retained for the wider Mark II helmet of the Second World War, and later variants like the “Canadian Helmet” (Mark III), which was issued to our troops for D-Day.
  • From 1921 until 1931, Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the same day: the Monday prior to November 11. On March 18, 1931, a motion was introduced in the House of Commons to designate November 11 solely as Armistice Day, and a proposed amendment to change the name to “Remembrance” Day to emphasize the memory of the soldiers. Canada’s first Remembrance Day took place on November 11, 1931.

Packaging:

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

A symbol of soldiering, an ultimate representation of bravery. Order today.

Reviews

Truly unique.

5

Beautiful coin. One of a kind, unique design.

jdf

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Wonderful Artistry

5

Personal collection.

Chris

Banff, AB

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Unique item. A classic for sure.

4

Unique item.

Harry

Calgary

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An Astounding Coin That Recognizes Armistice

5

This is such a special anniversary. RCM's amazing design has captured a memorable and emotive symbol of sacrifice. Thank you

Gaz

Quebec

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One of a kind.

5

This will be a display piece. Too nice and unique to keep it locked up.

The Ghost

Alberta

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A unique piece to celebrate the 100 years of the Armistice

5

A wonderful gift for my brother

UKbaby65

Toronto, ON

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Very original, perfect execution, great sentimental value

5

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Cezar from Toronto

Toronto,ON

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Very well done indeed...

5

I was surprised by the "heft" of this coin. I think this may be a first for a coin/commemorative and truly believe that you have a home run here. Well done.

OJibway Princess

Neebish Island, Barbeau, Michigan

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Yes

5

Displayed

Red

Montreal

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Very fitting tribute to the end of the Great War 100 years..

5

So nice to hold on Remembrance Day

Stella Maris

Halifax, NS

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167843en

5.0 63

98.4

How is it possible to grade this deliberately distressed coin? As minted, it appears to be in fair condition. (Fair is only one step above poor.)

Signman

Hello and thank you for asking. We suggest inquiring with a coin grading company such as PCGS or NGC.

Chantal

Is the coin 52mm or is that including the case it comes in as well ?

Monique76

Hello Monique and thank you for asking. The diameter of the coin is 52.35 mm. The measurements do not include the capsule.

Chantal

Cost

Willy

Hello Willy and thank you for asking. The 1.5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Lest We Forget - Mintage: 6,500 (2018) sells for $199.95.

Chantal

What are the measurements for the clamshell case that comes with the 2018 $25 Lest We Forget coin? I would like to know this because I plan on purchasing it when I have the correct size for a display case.

McG

Hello and thank you for asking. The clamshell case measures 88.5mm wide x 89mm x 39mm high.

Chantal

1.5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Lest We Forget mk 1 WW1 helmet are there any left???

Liam

Hello Liam and thank you for asking. The 1.5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Lest We Forget - Mintage: 6,500 (2018) is still available on our website or by calling our Customer Solution Centre at 1-800-267-1871.

Chantal

Are the helmes all sold out?

LEE

It says right on the page 66% sold.

anonymous

Hello Lee and thank you for asking. The 1.5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Lest We Forget - Mintage: 6,500 (2018) is still available for purchase either online or by calling our Customer Solution Centre at 1-800-267-1871.

Chantal

Is there anything protecting the coin other than its case, like an airtight plastic cover?

jeremy_ghg

Hello and thank you for asking. The coin is encapsulated and inserted in the clamshell box.

Chantal

what would the P&P be to england for the lesswe forget silver coin

william

They only ship to Canada and the USA. Personally I think that is a shame, especially for these coins commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WW1. Even though normal policy is to only ship to Canada and the USA, a special exception should have been made for all of our WW1 allies.

Leobullet

Hello William and thank you for asking. Unfortunately, we only ship to Canada and the continental US.

Chantal

What is the denomination

Dan

Hello and thank you for asking. The face value for this coin is $25.00.

Chantal

Specifications

  • No.167843
  • Mintage6,500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishantique
  • Weight (g) 47.6
  • Diameter (mm) 52.35
  • Edge
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value25 dollars
  • ArtistSusanna Blunt (obverse)

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