First World War Canadian Bond poster. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Canadian poem, "In Flanders Fields

First World War Canadian Bond poster. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Canadian poem, "In Flanders Fields

New Canadian coins of Remembrance

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December this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the publishing of one of the best known poems of the First World War.

In May 1915, shortly after burying a best friend killed by a German shell, Lt. Col John McCrae, an artillery officer and doctor serving at the front lines, sat and wrote a poem.

The new coins to commemorate
The new coins to commemorate “In Flanders Fields” © Royal Canadian Mint

Although he at first was dismissive of his own work, a nurse confidant told him to send it to the popular Punch magazine.

In Flanders Fields was published on December 8th, and became an instant and everlasting hit.

Lt.Col John McCrae. It is the 100th anniversary of his writing of the poem In Flanders Fields. Unfortunately McCrae, a doctor, contracted pnuemonia and died near the end of the war.
Lt.Col John McCrae. It is the 100th anniversary of his writing of the poem In Flanders Fields. Unfortunately McCrae, a doctor, contracted pnuemonia and died near the end of the war.

At the approach of Remembrance Day in Canada, November 11, and at the approach of the 100th anniversary of the publishing of this iconic poem, the Royal Canadian Mint has released two new commemorative coins.

The two-dollar coin, popularly known as a “twonie” or “toonie”, normally features an image of a polar bear.   Five million of the new coins featuring an image of McCrae writing the poem while sitting amid a field of poppies with larks overhead, have been minted.

The newly minted commemorate $2 coin showing Lt Col McCrae sitting and writing the poem with poppies blooming beside him and larks in the sky above
The newly minted commemorate $2 coin showing Lt Col McCrae sitting and writing the poem with poppies blooming beside him and larks in the sky above © Royal Canadian Mint

Also in this centenary commemorative are two versions of the 25-cent piece.

One has a large life-like and coloured poppy, the other has the poppy but without the special colouring.

the Flanders Field 25-cent piece (commonly known as a
the Flanders Field 25-cent piece (commonly known as a “quarter”) 6.25 million will be distributed © Royal Canadian Mint

“The Mint has a proud history of crafting coins which honour the many Canadians who have risked or sacrificed their lives in defending our freedoms and values,” said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “As Canadians across the country are once more preparing to honour our veterans at upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies, the Mint is pleased to join them in remembrance through new circulation coins.”

Some 6.25 million of each version of the 25cent coins are being distribute (12.5 million total)

Collectors versions are available as well as limited edition fine silver versions in ¼,  1, 5, and 10 ounce weights are available from the Royal Canadian Mint

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.

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6 comments on “New Canadian coins of Remembrance
  1. Avatar MRS SUSAN HARRISON says:

    I write with regard to the Commemorative Canadian coins, the 3 referring to Ltd Colonel McCrae, ” In Flanders Field, also the Vimy Ridge Coin. I’m gathering together a collection of ALL the Allied Countries involved in the Great War & WW11 for my grandson. My own family were involved in both Wars & all the services. It’s my wish that my grandson recognises the sacrifices that these countries made in overcoming Nazis & the enormormous debt we ALL owe them for our freedom. I would very much like to purchase the said coins but British currency prevents this. Could you possibly sell them to me in using Pounds Sterling, plus postage ?. I’m now in my sixties & disabled so don’t get out & about much, but this ‘ Collection’ means so much to me. I never knew until years after his death that my Grandfather fought in Passchendaele,his health ruined by mustard gas & because he wouldn’t have his shrapnel riddled arm amputated was never given a War Pension. He joined the Home Guard in WW11. My father was a CPO in the RN & again it was during his funeral service I found out that he was awarded a medal for bravery, jumping overboard to save the life of a fellow seaman. All his uncles were in the two Wars, his brother was one of the soldier’s who liberated Belson, his cousin was Fleet Air Arm & taught pilots in Canada. My mother was a Wren,that’s how she met my Scottish father as she was from Poole in Dorset. Her grandfather was at Ypres & fought right throughout Passchendaele. Her father was involved in some kind of radio work for HM’S Government. My husband’s family also fought in both Wars, his grandfather was in Burma, his much older brother was a 14 year old boy at the Battle of the Somme,I could go on, but this is my tribute to them & ALL the men like them, who never spoke of it.

  2. Avatar E Francis says:

    I AM LOOKING FOR THE NEW POPPY COIN FOR 2015. If any one has
    a coin, could please contact me. Thanks. E.

  3. Avatar Nancy Phillips says:

    I would like to purchase the new coins the twenty-five cent piece and the two dollar one. Do not know how to order these.