A program of Canadian coins honoring veterans of World War I and those who supported them was introduced this year, and more coins are planned each year through 2018.
2014 coins depict imagery related to the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War. Subsequent program issues will include designs emblematic of themes such as the Canadian Home Front, Canada on the Battlefront, a Building of the Nation, War Stories, and Peace and Legacy.
Before new Royal Canadian Mint coins from the program are introduced in January, here’s brief information and imagery for the already released and still available 2014-dated issues.
2014 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War Proof Silver Dollar
Available for CAD $59.95 and limited to 40,000, this silver dollar depicts a reverse design of a Canadian soldier saying goodbye to his loved one. In the background, military recruits board a train for basic training.
The coin has five different finishes — the background, the ground and the top windows on the train; the uniforms of the soldiers and the lower windows on the train; the train; bags and skin of all the people; and the lady’s dress and the main soldier’s socks. Finishes were created by new laser engraving techniques.
2014 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War Silver Proof Set
This silver proof set features the same basic commemorative silver dollar of a soldier saying goodbye, but is enhanced with selective gold plating. It is the only set with this version of the coin.
The 99.99% silver loonie and 99.99% silver toonie found in the set also feature selective gold plating. Pricing of the seven-coin set is CAD $229.95. Mintage is limited to 25,000.
2014 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War Brilliant Silver Dollar
These silver coins also bear the same classic image, but feature a brilliant image relief struck on a brilliant field.
It is limited to 20,000 and priced at CAD $54.95.
2014 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War Silver Dollar Proof Set
This set has the commemorative proof silver dollar along with six other proof coins — a $2, $1, 50 cent, 25 cent, 10 cent and 5 cent.
Mintage for the silver dollar proof set is limited to 30,000. Pricing has been established at CAD $99.95.
2014 $10 The Mobilisation of our Nation Silver Coin
This one-half ounce silver coin features a reverse design depicting a rear view of a Canadian soldier as he embarks on a ship bound for England. The scene is inspired by the largest single movement of Canadians during the First World War and the largest convoy up to that point which left the shores of Canada for England on October 3, 1914.
Each coin may be purchased for CAD $44.95. Its mintage is set at 40,000.
2014 $5 First World War – Canadian Expeditionary Force Silver Coin
This $5 proof silver coin, at 82% of sales at this writing, shows a single soldier is kneeling in the foreground with other soldiers marching behind. Off in the distance is a convoy of ships. The Maple Leaf crest cap badge at the bottom of the image adds motifs linked to the CEF as a tribute to its contributions.
The coin may be purchased for CAD $64.95. Mintage is capped at 10,000.
2014 $100 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War 10 Oz Silver Coin
Rare in size at 10 ounces, this proof silver coin shows a departing soldier aboard a ship leaning against its rail and taking on last look at the Canadian coast — the soaring cliffs of the Gaspe Peninsula. The Canadian Red Ensign is seen flying overhead.
CAD $899.95 is listed as its price and it has a mintage limit of only 1,000.
2014 $1,000 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War 10 Oz Gold Coin
This proof coin features the same image as that on its 10 ounce silver counterpart, but it is struck in 10 ounces of 99.99% pure gold.
Mintage for the coin is very limited with just 40 available. Each may be purchased for CAD $21,000.00.
Order Canada and the First World War Commemorative Coins from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. An affiliate link to the coins is located here.