Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Mint Unveils New $2 Coin Commemorating Vimy Ridge Battle

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Mint Unveils New $2 Coin Commemorating Vimy Ridge Battle

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Canadian Mint unveils new Vimy coin

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CALGARY - The Royal Canadian Mint is paying homage to Canada's fallen with a special toonie now in circulation for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The commemorative $2 coin, which depicts two soldiers standing on either side of an image of the Vimy memorial in France, was officially unveiled at the Military Museums in Calgary on Thursday.

Canadian troops secured a hard-fought victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

Nearly 11,000 died in the battle.

However, it helped lead to Canada's recognition as an independent nation and helped create a newfound sense of pride and national unity.

Officials with the Royal Canadian Mint said they drew inspiration for the coin from the Vimy memorial.

"I was truly, genuinely moved by their beauty and the significance of the story they represent," said Sandra Hanington with the Royal Canadian Mint. …

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