2013 SPECIAL EDITION SILVER DOLLAR - THE 60TH ANN. OF THE KOREAN ARMISTICE AGREEMENT
Theme: The Herculean trials of war
This 1-dollar coin is a near exact reproduction of the original Korea Medal that was awarded to all Commonwealth forces at the end of the war. The word “CANADA” was engraved on the medal’s obverse in order to distinguish it from those medals awarded to Canadian military personnel. The 2013 issue date and a one dollar denomination have been added to transform the design from medal into a coin. In adapting the Korea Medal for this coin, Royal Canadian Mint engravers faithfully preserved Edward Carter Preston’s original design of Hercules, the idealized warrior from Roman mythology, slaying the indomitable hydra-headed monster as an allegory for the perilous struggles of war, and a tribute to those who freely go to battle. In addition, the original engraving of “KOREA” has been expanded to include “CORÉE” in order to reflect Canada’s official status as a bilingual nation. The obverse also features the same effigy that appeared on the original medal; the 1953 portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick, which was also in use on Canadian coins in this time period.
- 1 of only 3 proof silver dollar coins in the Royal Canadian Mint’s product offering for 2013, struck in 99.99% Fine Silver –GST/HST exempt!
- Faithful reproduction of the Canadian version of the Korea Medal, using five modern finishing techniques, giving this well-known medal new luster and definition.
- Custom graphic beauty box displaying the Korea Medal featuring medal ribbon textures and graphical homage to those who fought in the Korean War.
- A momentous tribute to Canada’s veterans who contributed to a significant chapter in their nation’s history.
- Features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 effigy as it appeared on the original Korea Medal.
- The Royal Canadian Mint will make a donation from the sale of each coin to Canadian Korean War Veteran organizations.
Item Number: 124118
Face Value: 1 dollar
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g): 23.17
Diameter (mm): 36.07
Artist: Original medal by Edward Carter Preston
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case lined with black flock and protected by a customized beauty box.
Finished Size: 67 x 67 mm
Complete Certificate Text:
The Herculean trials of war
60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement (1953-2013)
On July 27, 1953, officials signed the armistice agreement that brought combat in Korea to an end. The three-year conflict had begun just five years after the Second World War, and although much of the world was still struggling to recover from that global conflict, many nations came to the aid of the beleaguered Koreans.
Korea had been under Japanese colonial rule for more than three decades. When the Second World War came to an end and Japan surrendered, Allied military forces moved into the peninsula to ensure that Korea “shall become free and independent” in due course.
Despite the stated intent to create a unified and independent Korea, between 1945 and 1950 the peninsula became deeply divided along the 38th parallel. However, as the Cold War between these two nations intensified around the world, so did tensions in Korea.
The war began when North Koreans, armed and supplied in part by the Soviet Union, invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950. The unprepared South Korean government turned to the United States which appealed to the United Nations (UN) for assistance. The UN responded by passing a Security Council resolution on June 25, 1950, the day of the invasion, and issued a second one two days later to request the military support of UN member nations.
Canadians responded by mobilizing almost 30,000 land, sea and air forces moved to defend sovereignty of the Republic of Korea. Although Canada represented a small portion of the total international force, its contribution was a larger proportion of its population than most of the other nations.
Canada’s Navy was among the first in and the last out, while Canada’s soldiers fought in Korea’s mountains and valleys, supplied in part by a Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron. By war’s end, Canada’s casualties included 1,558 injured with another 516 men making the ultimate sacrifice. By joining with its allies to uphold the principle of collective security on which the UN was founded, Canada helped to prove the effectiveness of the fledgling organization and solidify its role on the world stage.