If Confederation represents the political birth of our nation, then the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9-12, 1917) marks the beginning of its rise to independent greatness — born of valour and sacrifice on the battlefield, where the Canadian National Vimy Memorial now stands The Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the 100th anniversary of Canada’s historic battle with a fine silver coin that showcases one of our nation’s most poignant symbols of remembrance.
- Commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the most important battles for Canadian forces during the First World War (1914-1918).
- A pivotal moment in the history of Canada, and a key event that gains added significance on the nation’s 150th anniversary.
- The lined specimen background provides a solemn backdrop that highlights the engraved design, whose detailed features are beautifully enhanced by the careful application of shiny and matte polishes.
- Your coin is packaged in a foldout display card that provides all the information you need at your fingertips—coin specifications, certificate of authenticity, and more.
- A poignant addition to any collection, but also a deeply meaningful keepsake that honours all who have fought for Canada in the name of peace and freedom.
Item Number: 161068
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g)*: 7.96
Diameter (mm): 27
Face Value: $3
Artist: Laurie McGaw
Packaging: Folder with Easel Back
The reverse design by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw features a frontal view of the iconic sculpture “Canada Bereft,” which is prominently featured at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. An allegorical figure, she is Mother Canada—the powerful personification of a nation mourning her fallen sons. Mother Canada rests her chin on her hand and bears a sorrowful expression that is beautifully recreated with finely detailed engraving. On the reverse, the engraved figure is front and centre as the main focus of the design; on the memorial, the limestone carving stands on the northeast edge of the monument platform, where she looks down at a ground-level tomb. The Vimy Memorial is recreated behind and to the left of the grieving sculpture; set against the lined specimen background, the Vimy Memorial is depicted further in the distance to provide a full sense of the stately grandeur of this Canadian site of remembrance overseas.