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, 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.