2016 Canadian Coins Honor Firefighters, Paramedics, Police and Military


The Royal Canadian Mint officially unveiled a new series of .9999 pure silver coins that commemorate Canada’s national heroes.

Unveiling of 2016 $15 Canadian National Heroes Coins
Royal Canadian Mint President Sandra Hanington, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Mint Board of Directors member Bonnie Staples-Lyon and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister join emergency first responders, at the Mint’s Winnipeg facility, in unveiling collector coins celebrating Canada’s national heroes (May 17, 2016)

Its series honors firefighters, paramedics, police and the military, all of which face danger in the line of duty yet remain steadfast in their commitment and dedication to helping others.

"This coin series is a wonderful addition to any collection, paying tribute to our everyday heroes who put themselves at risk every time they answer the call of duty to protect us," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "These coins are also a way for the Mint and all of our employees to say thank you for the unwavering selflessness and courage these heroes demonstrate in their communities."

The four-coin collection includes the following issues:

  • Firefighters (already released)
  • Paramedics (ships in June 2016)
  • Police (ships in August 2016)
  • Military (ships in September 2016)

Coins feature selective coloring over engraving that brings to life the hero depicted. Canadian artist Ken Ryan designed them.

2016 $15 Canadian National Heroes Coins
The 2016 $15 Canadian National Heroes Coins honor Firefighters, Paramedics, Police and Military

Limited to 10,000 with each priced at $69.95 or about US $53, these collector coins are available individually or as a part of a four-coin subscription. There is currently a waiting list for the individual 2016 $15 Firefighters silver coin. The subscription is at 80% of sales — use our affiliate linkicon. Subscribers receive a special, free wooden case that showcases all four coins together.

In conjunction with this series, the Royal Canadian Mint is donating $10,000 to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal as well as $5 from the sale of every Firefighters coin.

Coins are minted in a collector proof finish to a weight of 23.17 grams. For more information, visit the Mint’s website at mint.ca.

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