The Royal Canadian Mint released a $2 commemorative circulation coin paying homage to brave Canadians who fought the Battle of Vimy Ridge which helped the Allied forces victory which ended the First World War. This special “Toonie” unveiled at the Calgary Military Museum by the honorable minister of finance, Bill Morneau. One hundred years ago, Canadian troops secured a hard-fought victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Nearly 11,000 died in the battle. the Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the most decisive and pivotal victories of the First World War.
The reverse of this commemorative $2 coin is designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco which depicts two soldiers (a First World War soldier and a contemporary veteran) standing on either side of an image of the Vimy memorial in France. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt. This coin having a limited mintage of 5 million and now in general circulation. The coin is part of a continuing series over the next six years that will mark important events in both World Wars.
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