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Exchange $5 for $5: Honouring a symbol of remembrance...100 years later.
2015 Remembrance Coin Pack:  In Flanders Fields and Poppy

2015 Remembrance Coin Pack

In Flanders Fields and Poppy

No. 145663
Canada only
Limit of 1 per household / Limit of 1 per order

No tax + free shipping*


2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae's writing of In Flanders Fields. It is one of the First World War's most recognized poems and an integral part of Canadian culture. The poem's striking imagery has served to enshrine the poem and the poppy as enduring and powerful symbols of remembrance for all Canadians, to this day.

Commemorate this anniversary with these three beautifully designed and finely crafted coins. For 5$ with free shipping, you will receive this limited-edition keepsake complete with two 2$ Flanders Fields coins and four Poppy quarters (two coloured and two non-coloured).

Special features:

  • While supplies last! Purchase limit of 1 per customer!
  • No tax + free shipping*.
  • Coin pack available for sale in Canada only.

*Lettermail only.

1 per order, 1 per household, not available in store, and available from official dealers.
Exchange $5.00 for $5.00, with free shipping.

The story behind the coins

During the First World War, the landscape of France and Belgium turned to fields of mud where little or nothing could grow. But unusually warm temperatures in April and May 1915 caused vibrant red poppies to appear amidst the chaos and destruction of the Second Battle of Ypres.

It was the sight of these resilient flowers blooming on the battlefield that inspired a Canadian military doctor to write a poem in honour of his fallen comrades. And so it was, in early May a century ago, that Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae composed In Flanders Fields, now one of our nation's best-known literary works.

The poem inspired an American woman, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies to be worn in remembrance. The tradition was brought to England by Anna Guérin, and the idea of the poppy as memorial flower quickly spread through the Commonwealth.

Today, the poem and the poppy that inspired it remain two of the most recognized symbols of remembrance honouring every Canadian who has served our country.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

Born in Guelph, Ontario, on November 30, 1872, Lieutenant- Colonel John McCrae began writing poetry as a student at Guelph Collegiate Institute. He joined the cadets at age 14 and, throughout university and medical training, he continued to write poetry and maintain a connection with the military.

When Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae was among the 45,000 Canadians who enlisted. He was appointed medical officer to the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery with the rank of Major.

Less than a year later, in the trenches near Ypres, Belgium, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote his most famous poem, In Flanders Fields.

John McCrae


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Listen to the poem

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