Nov. 16, 2012
/CNW/ - The bravery of
during the War of 1812 made him one of the war's most well-known heroes and his likeness is now featured on a new
circulation coin which was unveiled today at the Barracks at Fort Malden National Historic site. This is the second of four circulation coins which commemorate key historical figures who influenced the fight for
from 1812 to 1814.
could not have been defended without the dedication of all the forces united against American invasion and our Government is pleased to commemorate
, whose legendary role in the War of 1812 is a testament to the bravery and the loyalty of all First Nations and Métis people involved in that historic conflict," said
, Member of Parliament for
The War of 1812 paved the way for Confederation. It was the fight for
and a defining moment in our country's history that saw British regular forces, English and French-speaking militia, First Nations and Métis
allies join together to defend our borders
. Without their courage and sacrifice,
as we know it would not exist.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to preserving memories of the people, places and events which tell the story of the Canadian experience and the remembrance of the heroes of the War of 1812, including
, is a unique way to celebrate our proud values," said
Ian E. Bennett
, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Over the course of the War of 1812,
led over 2,000 warriors and fought at the sieges of Fort Meigs and Fort Stephenson.
support for Major-General Sir
at the capture of
though he ultimately fell at the Battle of the Thames at
Please see attached backgrounder for further information.
Limited to a mintage of 12.5 million coins, the
commemorative circulation coin begins circulating on
November 19, 2012
. The public is encouraged to look for it in their change or obtain it at face value on line at
The Mint has also released a number of exquisite precious metal collector coins to add to the celebration of the 200
anniversary of the War of 1812. On
November 5, 2012
, the Mint issued a
face value 99.99% pure silver coin featuring a portrait of
, set against an intricately engraved background consisting of the bilingual text "The War of 1812/La guerre de 1812." This coin is also emblazoned by the engraved and painted Government of Canada War of 1812 logo. Limited to a mintage of only 10,000 examples world-wide, this coin retails for
This product, and others, can be purchased from
; the Mint's boutiques in
; and through our network of distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets. These products can also be ordered by directly contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in
and 1-800-268-6468 in the US.
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