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Royal Canadian Mint Commemorates 100th Anniversary of In Flanders Fields with Silver Collector Coins


From left: The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint and Allen McRae, representative of Clan McCrae Society of Canada unveil a silver collector coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, APRIL 30, 2015 One hundred years after Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae penned In Flanders Fields on the battlefield of Ypres, Belgium, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued silver collectors coins commemorating the iconic poem which honours all those who risked or sacrificed their lives in defense of democratic values, and inspired the adoption of the poppy as a universal symbol of remembrance.  A one-ounce silver coin capturing the stirring imagery of In Flanders Fields was unveiled today with descendants of Lt. Col. McCrae at a special ceremony held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  A coloured five-ounce silver coin is also being issued to commemorate this milestone.

"No story is more symbolic of the ultimate sacrifice made in wartime than Lt. Col. John McCrae's writing of In Flanders Fields, a literary tribute to fallen Canadian troops which gave an eternal voice to those who died in the fight for justice and freedom in the First World War, and every war which followed," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to produce coins to honour the contributions of Canadian forces throughout history and it is fitting that the poem which has remembered them over the last 100 years is forever preserved on exquisitely crafted silver collector coins."

The Second Battle of Ypres, which began on April 22, 1915, is where Canada was first precipitated into combat as the newly formed Canadian Expeditionary Force successfully pushed back the advance of German forces after French troops were dispersed by the first gas attack in military history.  With one in three Canadian soldiers killed or wounded in this costly counterattack, Lt. Col. John McCrae was moved to remember this incredible sacrifice by writing In Flanders Fields

Canadian artist Laurie McGaw has designed a one-ounce silver coin with a $20 face value, dated 1915-2015, which thoughtfully captured the indelible imagery of a poem which Canadians still recite in memory of our fallen after 100 years.  An iconic poppy, a Canadian soldier with his head bowed before row on row of crosses marking the graves of fallen comrades, as well as the horizon of the fields which gave the poem its name, powerfully capture the moment that Lt. Col. McCrae wanted the world to never forget.

An equally poignant image, embellished by brilliant touches of colour and the opening words of In Flanders Fields, in English and French, can be found on a five-ounce silver coin designed by artist Tony Bianco.

Both of these coins can be ordered by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at The coins will also be available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.  

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To be chosen by the Mint to design a coin honouring the incomparable Alice Munro, 
whose work I greatly admire, was thrilling for me!

Alice Munro at the unveiling of coin design honouring her. 





On Thursday Aug. 8, Laurie's new coin designs for the Royal Infant, Prince George, were released!

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Laurie's designs for the Royal Canadian Mint's commemorative coins 
celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are a stunning success! 
All five of the coins in the series have sold out! 
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Below: "2012 CAPIC Double Vision Exhibition"-- Laurie's entry was a clay relief sculpture of 
photographer Matthew Plexman. Sculpting is a new passion for Laurie...more to come.



Laurie McGaw is thrilled and honoured to have been chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint to design a 20 Dollar Silver Commemorative coin celebrating the wedding of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. The coin was officially unveiled by His Excellency the Governor General, Mr. David Johnston, on April 6th, 2011, at the Mint in Ottawa.  (with Laurie are Product Managers Annie Dubreuil and Yudi Harsono from the Royal Canadian Mint.)



"The Continuity of the Crown" series of silver commemorative coins, in high relief, featuring portraits of HRH Princes William, Harry and Charles were released on March 15. In May the Mint will be releasing two very special coins celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll's Diamond Jubilee....all designed by Laurie.



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