By Jesse Robitaille
This latest rounder, which is nearly sold out, is the second piece in an ongoing series by CCN and Ontario collector and owner of Beaver Bullion John Masterson, who was commissioned to design and produce the rounders.
The positive response following the release of the Canada 150 one-ounce silver rounder this July prompted Trajan Media, publisher of CCN and Canadian Stamp News, to continue the rounder series.
Initially offered only to CCN subscribers, the rounder is now available to the general public; however, supplies are “very limited,” according to Trajan’s managing partner and CCN Editor Mike Walsh.
FIRST WORLD WAR
The First World War – also known as the Great War – was a four-year global conflict originating in Europe that lasted from July 1914 to November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 11 million combatants, including 59,544 Canadians, and seven million civilians died as a result of the war.
WWI ROUNDER DESIGN
The obverse of the First World War centenary rounder features the same obverse as the series’ first rounder: “Canadian Coin News” is written around the edge with a maple leaf in the centre. The reverse features the poppy, which has been meticulously hand-painted in red and black, along with the wording “1918 – WE REMEMBER – 2018. 1 TROY OZ. .999 AG.”
Once again, there is a limited mintage of only 150 pieces, and each rounder is individually numbered. They have also each been individually poured, struck and hand-painted by Masterson. Each piece is struck in .999 Fine silver; weighs at least one troy ounce (31.1035 grams) and has a diameter of about 31.75 mm.
Each rounder is also stored in a flip holder, which includes a description and mintage number. A letter of authenticity signed by Walsh is also included.
For more information or to place an order, visit coinstampsupplies.com/product/ccn-series-2-silver-rounder-honours-end-first-world-war or call 905-646-7744.