2005 $10 Silver Proof Coin - Year of the Veteran

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To go wherever we’re needed …   To do whatever is asked of us.

A son leaves for duty, a mother weeps.  Through sorrowful tears, a sister whispers “goodbye”, knowing she will break her promise and also leave home.  She too, feels driven to serve.

Across Canada, this scenario played out in countless homes as two World Wars and Korean War stirred a great sense of humanity in the hears of Canadians.  Many felt compelled to act, to rush to the aid of the oppressed and join the fight for freedom.

As soldiers, sailors and airmen headed into battle, nurses, doctors and support personnel were not far behind.  Faith and hope survived the battlefield by finding refuge in the hearts of the clergymen.

On the home front, people took to the factories to build military equipment and assemble supplies.  They supported the war effort in any way they could.  Regardless of the role each person played, War was now their acquaintance and heartbreak would soon be calling.  It arrived in the form of physical pain, haunting memories and the irreparable torment of human loss.

These were the times that bravery and self-sacrifice found their true definition.  The soldier’s ability to fund courage in the depths of despair is a concept that is difficult to conceive in the comfort of modern freedom.  It is a virtue that must never be forgotten – one that deserves open respect and admiration.  Honour those who willingly choose to serve - Canada’s heroes of the past, present and future.

Designed by Canadian artist Elaine Goble, the coin depicts two war veterans of different generations in profile, joined by love of country and standing side by side.  The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon case and protected by a black beauty box.

Denomination - Canadian Ten dollars

Composition - Silver Proof (99.99%)

Weight - 25.175g

Diameter - 36.07mm

Worldwide Mintage Limit - 20,000

Mint - Royal Canadian Mint

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