It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when the Allies and Germany reached a cease fire to end four years of unprecedented horror and destruction in the "war to end all wars". Roughly three years prior to this historic turning point, a poem written by a Canadian Medical Officer serving in Flanders fields (Belgium) touched the world with its anguish and imagery.
The poppy had long been known to flourish in the lime-rich soil of battlefields, but it was John McCrae's poem that transformed it into the symbol of remembrance that Canadians proudly wear every November. Ninety years after the armistice of the First World War, the humble poppy endures as a powerful symbol to honour our veterans' past, present and future.
Face Value: 1 dollarv Mintage: 5,000
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 30
Diameter (mm): 36.15
Finish: Frosted relief on a proof-like field
Design features a poppy blossom against a Canadian maple leaf above a ribbon with the words "Remember/Souvenir."
HANDCRAFTED ARTISTRY! The poppy has been crafted in ultra-high relief, an exceptional level of sculpting that requires significant hand crafting and polishing. Slight inconsistencies in the quality of the surface are normal for this ultra-high relief process.
A MINT FIRST! First ever proof dollar struck in the ultra high relief long associated with ancient medallic art.
Low mintage - only 5,000 coins worldwide!
Coin encapsulated and presented in a clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black beauty box.