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Canada 2004 Poppy Colorized Quarter 25 Cents Proof-Like BU

Canada 2004 Poppy Colorized Quarter 25 Cents Proof-Like BU

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 26020
Price: $6.95
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The VERY FIRST colorized circulation coin ever issued anywhere in the world!

Sold out at the Mint!Major hostilities of the First World War were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice. After World War I, fields of poppies flowered on the battlefields of Flanders. November 11th was set aside each year as Veterans Day Single Poppy(originally called Armistice Day), when we pause to remember those who have served in the armed forces, and those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom. The blood-red poppy is a most appropriate symbol of remembrance for our honored war dead who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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The vast majority of these beautiful and significant quarters were released into circulation, where they quickly became worn and impaired. Get an uncirculated example while they’re still available!

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The Poppy
When the poet John McCrae wrote the famous words, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” only destiny knew the impact his words would have on the world. In giving a voice to the Poppy Fieldanguish McCrae must have felt as he witnessed the horrors of war, In Flanders Fields also gave voice to the poppy - the humble, scarlet flower that grew to become Canada’s quintessential symbol of remembrance.

This was not the first time a link between the poppy and war had been made. A century earlier, a writer during the Napoleonic wars noted how the battlefields became covered with poppies once the fighting was over.

Now with the First World War, the battles that took place in Flanders infused the soil with lime that enabled the poppy to thrive in a landscape of destruction. Nature could not have selected a more fitting symbol to solemnize a soldier’s ultimate sacrifice. For McCrae, the poppy was a life-changing sight. Today, it’s a powerful reminder that inspires thousands of people across Canada and increasingly throughout North America to honor the men and women who have given their lives for freedom.

Please see the end of this article for the complete text of the poem In Flanders Fields.

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Technology Note
In 2004 Canada became the first country ever to release a colorized circulating coin, the red and black Poppy Quarter! The mint was able to achieve this triumph through a propriety, high-speed colorization process.

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Obverse
A red and black poppy flower is set in a field on top of the maple leaf, the symbol of Canada. The bilingual legend REMEMBER • SOUVENIR, the date, denomination, and year of issue are all present.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2004
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 4.4 g
Diameter 23.88 mm
Mintage Limit   30 million
   
Finish Proof-Like Brilliant Uncirculated with Red & Black Colors
Composition RCM Multi-Layer Plating
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist RCM Master Engraver Cosme Saffioti

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

    -  John McCrae

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