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War Of 1812 Hero Tecumseh Commemorated On Royal Canadian Mint 25-cent Circulation Coin


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2012 25-CENT CIRCULATION COIN: 200 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR OF 1812 "TECUMSEH"

As Canadians mark the 200 th anniversary of the War of 1812, this historical turning point is a reminder of the heroic figures whose brave acts assured the defense of a future Canada.  One of the most renowned was Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, a fearless warrior and an inspiring leader.

Tecumseh was born near Springfield, Ohio in 1768. Throughout the 1790s, Tecumseh was deeply involved in war against American forces seeking to conquer First Nations land.

The outbreak of the War of 1812 drove Tecumseh to collaborate with the British to resist the American invasion of British North America. He was an important ally and co-leader with Upper Canadian military commander Major-General Sir Isaac Brock in the Battle of Detroit, where Brock's troops were joined by 800 First Nations warriors.

The American surrender was partly due to Brock and Tecumseh's skillful use of the warriors' fearsome reputation to intimidate the Americans.  In the spring of 1813, Tecumseh went on to lead more than 1,200 warriors alongside 900 British soldiers under Major-General Henry Procter in taking Fort Meigs near Perrysburg, Ohio.

Ongoing fighting, however, eroded the resolve of British troops and many First Nations allies. In this weakened state, the allies met the Americans at what would be Tecumseh's final battle at Moraviantown (also known as the Battle of the Thames) on October 5, 1813. When the British troops retreated in the face of more than 3,000 American soldiers, only 500 warriors were left to fight. Tecumseh was one of many who fell that day.

The reverse image of this new 25-cent circulation coin features a profile portrait of Tecumseh, designed by Nova Scotia artist Bonnie Ross, against an intricately engraved background comprised of the words "The War of 1812" in both English and French. Featured in the design is the stylized maple leaf from the Government of Canada War of 1812 logo, on which "1812" appears in antique script.

In all, 12.5 million of these commemorative circulation coins have been produced in two distinct finishes: half of them feature a coloured maple leaf from the War of 1812 logo, while the remaining coins have a frosted portrait of Tecumseh while the maple leaf remains unpainted.

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Canadians can find this new coin in general circulation as of November 19, 2012, or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange at www.mint.ca/1812.

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