19 November 2018
The Royal Canadian Mint have issued a remarkable 'extreme-curvature coin' in the shape of a Canadian Expeditionary Forces 1916 Mark I battle helmet
The unique $25 fine silver coin is limited to just 6,500 pieces and marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.
With an antique finish, and random cracks and markings, the coin has a battle-worn appearance.
A statement from The Royal Canadian Mint stated:
'It’s an exact miniature replica of the helmet that saved thousands of lives. It has an aged, war-torn feel that immediately evokes the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers who endured months in the trenches under the constant threat of enemy fire and death… This is an exceptional piece of military memorabilia and a standout coin that will be the showpiece of any collection.'
The outer brim bears the legends 'LEST WE FORGET', 'N'OUBLIONS JAMAIS' and is double-dated 1918-2018. The inner contours displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the denomination and the country of origin.
Find out more about the coin at www.mint.ca/armistice