New Issue: RCM to unveil circulation coin commemorating 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Later this week, the Royal Canadian Mint will unveil a $2 circulation coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at The Military Museums in Calgary.

The ceremony—to be held Oct. 5—will be followed by a coin exchange from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which time the public can trade their change for the new circulation coin.

WHERE The Military Museums (The QEII Atrium)
4520 Crowchild Trail S.W.Calgary, Alta.
WHEN Thursday, Oct. 5
Media and guest arrive at 10:15 a.m.
Remarks and unveiling at 10:30 a.m.
WHO Sandra Hanington, Mint president and CEO
Rory M. Cory, The Military Museums senior curator
Jeremy Diamond, The Vimy Foundation executive director

According to the Mint, the forthcoming $2 coin will depict the Vimy Memorial on its inner core as well as its outer ring. To the memorial’s left side will be a Canadian soldier in a First World War uniform, and to the right will be a Canadian veteran saluting.

The coin is slated to include the same security features used on Canada’s bi-metallic $2 coin since 2012. These include two micro-engraved maple leaves as well as a virtual image of two maple leaves at the top of the coin (a different image is produced as the coin is turned from side to side).

PREVIOUS VIMY RIDGE COINS

The new $2 coin is part of an ongoing series that marks the anniversaries of significant events in the First World War and Second World War.

Earlier this year, the Mint issued two commemorative coins—a one-ounce pure silver selectively gold-plated coin as well as a 10-ounce pure silver coin—commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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