OTTAWA, February 8, 2019
OTTAWA, February 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
This month, the Royal Canadian Mint tells a story of valour in combat with a tribute to Canadian First World War flying ace Billy Bishop. This fine silver coin continues the Mint's proud tradition of preserving the memory of the heroic men and women behind Canada's military history.
Born 125 years ago, the talented airman from Owen Sound, Ontario, recorded 72 confirmed kills as a Royal Flying Corps fighter pilot in the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his single-handed attack on a German airfield near Cambrai, France, on June 2, 1917. His fame grew further when he was believed to have shot down the infamous Baron Manfred von Richthofen - known as the Red Baron.
Squadron Commander Bishop is remembered in an engraved, colour portrait of the famed pilot and his aircraft, a Nieuport 17 he affectionately named "Little Daisy". This coin, along with many new and exciting keepsakes, is now available for purchase.
The Mint opens another chapter in history with the first of a series of 2019 coins celebrating the 100th anniversary of CN Rail: a $200 pure gold coin designed by artist Tony Bianco. Its reverse features three locomotives symbolizing distinct periods in the railway's first 100 years. A circular ring of track frames a design featuring a map of Canada, which CN spanned from coast to coast, playing a vital role in our country's development.
Little-known pieces of Canada's numismatic past are also brought back to life in the 2019 Fine Silver 2-Coin Set - Royal Canadian Mint Lore: Back to Concept. Consisting of an impressive pair of 2 oz. silver coins, this set captures the original artwork proposed by artist Emanuel Hahn for the launch of Canada's Voyageur silver dollar and the Caribou 25-cent circulation coin over 80 years ago. It may surprise some to discover that our 25-cent coin could have included an engraving of the Big Dipper constellation, floating above the image of our well-known caribou.
In honour of Canadians with an Icelandic and Scandinavian heritage, especially well-represented in the province of Manitoba, the Mint is launching a new fine silver, selectively gold plated series of three coins celebrating Norse Gods. The first of these Alexandra Lefort-designed coins features Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. His famous hammer, as well as his belt and iron gauntlets are gold-plated. Two more legendary figures of Norse mythology will be showcased in 2019.
Completing these exciting coins are the following new releases:
All of these products can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Mint's web site. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as through our global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit http://www.mint.ca.
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