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2006 PROOF SET - 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORIA CROSS

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  • 2006 PROOF SET - 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORIA CROSS
  • 2006 PROOF SET - 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORIA CROSS
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2006 PROOF SET – 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORIA CROSS

 

From the cascabels of Russian cannons that were captured during the Crimean War (1854-1855), a great military honour is forged. It is the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration that is awarded “…for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.” Instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856, a total 1,351 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to British and Commonwealth military forces. Ninety-four of them have been awarded to Canadians ⎯ 8 for acts of
bravery carried out prior to and during the South African War (1899-1902); 70 during the First World War (1914-1918); and 16 during the Second World War (1939-1945). The Victoria Cross is one of the most recognized military medals in the world. It features a cross pattee with the Royal Crown surmounted by a lion guardant and a scroll inscribed with For Valour. The date of the act is engraved within a raised circle on the reverse. The cross is suspended from a straight bar which has the rank, unit and name of the recipient engraved on the back. In 1993, a special Canadian version was instituted. It is identical to the original with the exception that the inscription on the scroll is in Latin (Pro Valore).

 

specifications:

Proof Dollar* 99.99% silver 25.175 36.07 Reeded

2 dollars 92.5% silver, 7.5%
copper 8.83 28.0 Interrupted
serrations

1 dollar Nickel electroplated
with bronze 7.0 11-sided
26.50 Plain

50 cents 9.3 27.13

25 cents 5.9 23.88

10 cents 2.4 18.05
Reeded

5 cents
92.5% silver,
7.5% copper
5.35 21.20

1 cent Copper 2.5 19.1 Plain

Special features:

  • Selective gold plating on Proof Dollar

 

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