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Military Honoured With ‘National Heroes’ Coin from Royal Canadian Mint

By 2Lt Derek Gagnon, 38 CBG PAO

Private Matt Ford (left) and Master Corporal Charles Jun-Dundas of the Fort Garry Horse stand next to a display model of the new National Heroes coin featuring the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their National Heroes series of coins May 17, 2016. The series of collectors coins honour the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s first responders.
Private Matt Ford (left) and Master Corporal Charles Jun-Dundas of the Fort Garry Horse stand next to a display model of the new National Heroes coin featuring the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their National Heroes series of coins May 17, 2016. The series of collectors coins honour the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s first responders.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was one of four groups honoured today by the Royal Canadian Mint in the unveiling of their ‘National Heroes’ series of collectors coins.

Along with paramedics, police and firefighters, the CAF will see a 15 dollar silver coin available for purchase, with theCAF coin becoming available starting September 6th. The coins will retail for $69.95.

The coin itself is composed of 99.99% pure silver, and uses selective colour over engraving. Ken Ryan is the Canadian designer who created the four different ‘National Heroes’ scenes. The coin is 36.07 mm in size, which is slightly larger than the 28 mm ‘Toonie’.

The CAF coin depicts an infantry soldier in a rescue operation reaching out as he holds on to a rappelling rope. Other soldiers can be seen rappelling in the background.

Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Koltun, Commanding Officer of the Fort Garry Horse, stands next to a display model of the new National Heroes coin featuring the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their National Heroes series of coins May 17, 2016. The series of collectors coins honour the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s first responders.
Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Koltun, Commanding Officer of the Fort Garry Horse, stands next to a display model of the new National Heroes coin featuring the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their National Heroes series of coins May 17, 2016. The series of collectors coins honour the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s first responders.

Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Koltun, Commanding Officer of the Fort Garry Horse, was on hand to represent the CAF in the unveiling ceremony. Master Corporal Charles Jun-Dundas and Private Matt Ford of the Fort Garry Horse took part in the outdoor G-Wagon display.

Private Matt Ford (left), Master Corporal Charles Jun-Dundas, Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Koltun and Jon Reyes, Special Envoy for Military Affairs for Manitoba and Member of the Legislative Assembly for St. Norbert, stand next to a display model of the new National Heroes coin featuring the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their National Heroes series of coins May 17, 2016. The series of collectors coins honour the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s first responders.
Private Matt Ford (left), Master Corporal Charles Jun-Dundas, Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Koltun and Jon Reyes, Special Envoy for Military Affairs for Manitoba and Member of the Legislative Assembly for St. Norbert, stand next to a display model of the new National Heroes coin featuring the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their National Heroes series of coins May 17, 2016. The series of collectors coins honour the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s first responders.

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