Collectors struggling to put together a set of War of 1812 coins from circulation can take advantage of two sets being offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, which consist of Uncirculated examples of the $2 HMS Shannon and 25-cent coins honouring Maj.-Gen. Isaac Brock, Chief Tecumseh, Lt.-Col. Charles-Michel de Salaberry, and Laura Secord. The gift set consists of a $2 coin and the colourized versions of the 25-cent coins, while the special edition set has the $2 coin and both colourized and plain versions of the 25-cent coins. There is no disclosed mintage of the gift set, while the Mint has set a limit of 15,000 of the special edition set. Continue reading →
There is no doubt that the conflict was a watershed moment in Canadian history. Before the war, Upper Canada in particular was becoming more Americanized while north-bound trade was steadily growing. Some historians have argued that without the war, Canada would have eventually sought political union with its most significant trading partner. Ironically, the war made that impossible by helping to create, for the first time, a Canadian identity that transcended linguistic and cultural origins.
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