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Proof Fine Silver Dollar – 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War (2014)


“We stand shoulder to shoulder with Britain…” – Prime Minister Robert Borden, August 19, 1914

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The reverse image by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross depicts a couple’s emotional farewell at a train station, where the first wave of volunteers is boarding a train bound for the Valcartier camp. Time stands still for this couple as they savour one last embrace before his departure, both of them uncertain of the future that lies ahead. It is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who answered the call of duty, and their loved ones who remained on the home front.

Special Features:
– This beautifully detailed coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
– Crafted in 99.99% pure silver, this coin is the 55th issue of the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Silver Dollar coin.
– Five different finishes and world-class engraving bring added dimension to this image of a couple’s last embrace before his departure – a reminder of the sacrifices made 100 years ago.
– The design is a tribute to those who helped Canada rise to nationhood through their bravery and resolve.

– Encapsulated and presented in a maroon flock-lined clamshell case
– Protected by a black beauty box and accompanied by a serialized certificate – your proof of ownership for this coin and evidence that your coin has been individually inspected by the Royal Canadian Mint’s resident quality assurance specialists.

Finished Size: 70 mm x 70 mm

When Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, its entire Empire was drawn into the conflict, including Canada and Newfoundland.

Across the Dominion, men flocked to recruiting stations. Within two months, Canada’s pre-war militia that included a standing army of 3,110 men had grown to 33,000. Many were recent British immigrants or native-born Canadians of British origin, but among them were also more than 1,000 French Canadians, many First Nations as well as many others from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Five hundred soldiers from the British colonies of Newfoundland and Labrador also joined the ranks, while some 2,500 women stepped forward to serve as nurses.

Train stations across Canada became the stage for tearful goodbyes and lingering embraces. The First World War was a true coming of age for the young nation, and the hope, fear, courage and deep sacrifice Canadians felt 100 years ago remain as poignant and inspiring today.

Item Number: 128296
Face Value: $1
Mintage: 40,000
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 23.17 (3/4oz)
Diameter (mm): 36.07
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Bonnie Ross (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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