Canada 2013 War of 1812 - HMS Shannon vs. USS Chesapeake Naval Battle of Frigates $50 5 Ounce Pure Silver Proof L5 GX
naval battle of frigates, HMS
Shannon vs. USS Chesapeake, on the high sea, is intricately rendered in
silver on this meticulously engraved, HUGE and low mintage (1,500) five
ounce pure silver proof beauty!
Canadian Mint is releasing a multi-coin
to remember the War of 1812, which was, in effect, a second War of
Independence for the nascent United States (that's right, we had to
fight for our freedom twice
For Americans, mention of the War
conjures up images of the Star
flying over Fort
McHenry, frigate duels on the high seas, the burning of Washington,
D.C. (and the White House), and Andrew Jackson's smashing victory at
the Battle of New Orleans. For Canadians, the war helped begin to
establish a national identity, as Native
and Canadian militia fought alongside British regulars to repel
multiple American incursions into Canada. Commemorate the 200th
anniversary of the War
with this low mintage, pure
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Note - This
rare work of art dramatically depicts a naval battle of tall ships on
the high seas! This
is the very first military-themed
five ounce pure silver proof in Canadian history! It's an
work of art and the mintage limit is low - so
very low, in fact (only 1,500 total), that a rapid sell out at the Mint was
anticipated and has occurred!
This large pure silver proof features Canadian artist John
Horton's dramatic and historically accurate depiction of the final
moments of the famous battle of HMS
, pictured on the right, and the battle-worn USS Chesapeake
pictured on the left with its decks ablaze and gun-ports destroyed.
For more information on the battle between HMS Shannon and U.S.S.
please see the article lower in this presentation, below the blue
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War of 1812 Bicentennial
The Mint has released an outstanding program of coins in
of the bicentennial of the War
, including several numismatic
. All feature a dynamic, military design. The silver
design is available in 3
different varieties, included among these program options:
• Silver Dollar #1 - A Brilliant
Uncirculated Pure Silver Dollar
in presentation case
• Silver Dollar #2 - A
Pure Silver Dollar
in presentation case
• $10 Pure Silver Proof #1 - Frigate
a British sailing warship
• Proof Set #1 - The low
Silver Dollar Proof Set
(with the same proof silver dollar as
• Proof Set #2 - The
Pure Silver Proof Set
with special gold-plated War of 1812
• Gold Proof!
mintage of 2,000 War
of 1812 Coat of Arms $10 Pure Gold Proof
• Silver Kilogram
Ultra-rare, mintage of 600 Indian
Peace Medal 1 Kilogram Ultra High Relief Silver Proof
don't forget the U.S.S. Constitution
Pure Silver Dollar with Color
- the victor of
battles against British ships, during which she
earned the nickname "Old Ironsides"!
all War of 1812 coins!
War of 1812 -
The Canadian Perspective
the United States, battles such as the Battle of New Orleans of 1815
and the Battle of Baltimore of 1814 (which inspired the lyrics of the
United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner") produced a
sense of euphoria over this "Second War of Independence" against Great
Britain. It ushered in the "Era of Good Feelings" in which partisan
animosity nearly vanished.
For Canadians, the War
does not figure as large on the national landscape, but still
represents a rich historical moment steeped in both fact and myth,
complete with heroes and villains, glorious victories and disastrous
defeats. While the conflict did not predestine the emergence of Canada
as a nation, outcomes like the sustained sovereignty of British North
America and the collaborative experience of resisting American forces
would eventually help to feed Canada’s transition from
colony to dominion to independent nation.
English colonists, French Canadiens and Native
alike recognized that American invasion threatened their own
independence and way of life. They had good reason to fret: the United
States continued to expand relentlessly southward and westward
throughout the nineteenth century, eventually annexing Hawaii and the
Philippines by century's end.
was hard fought on both sides for two more years,
which time some of Canada’s proudest moments arose. The hard
lessons learned in the War further strengthened the physical and
economic ties between Upper and Lower Canada, promoting greater
colonial unity. More viscerally, the conflict spawned shared stories
and heroes that represent a common thread in the histories of all of
Canada’s founding peoples.
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meticulously detailed and finely engraved detail of the War of
1812 naval battle between the frigates HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake. The
produced a magnificent work of beauty. The dual dates 1813-2013 mark
The coin is encapsulated
burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with
black velvet and protected by a black sleeve. An
individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
Fine (Pure) Silver
2012: Bicentennial of the
War of 1812
was a fundamental turning point in Canada’s history: it
profoundly influenced British North America’s
sense of identity and united French settlers, English settlers,
Indigenous communities, farmers, soldiers, artisans, and others, in an
effort to preserve their ways of life from American invasion.
From the struggle emerged exceptional accounts of some of
Canada’s proudest moments. These stories and the heroes that
arose from them, exemplified the extraordinary characteristics required
to defend British North America, and have become important symbols and
enduring narratives in the history and evolution of today’s
all War of 1812 coins!
Victory on the High Seas:
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frigate, HMS Shannon
was launched from Frindsbury, England, in 1806. Captain Philip Broke
led his vessel to many victories against the French during the
Napoleonic Wars. When tensions between England and America rose in the
autumn of 1811, HMS
sailed to North America.
Captain Broke was a highly disciplined leader who rigorously trained
his crew for battle. As a result, HMS
was successful in battle against a number of American ships during the
war. But at a time when Royal Navy morale was weakening in the face of
endless fighting, including five important losses, Captain Broke sought
to defeat a large American frigate in order to raise morale and to stop
at least one of these large American fighting ships from seizing
Having seen USS
preparing to put to sea from Boston Harbour in
June 1813, Captain Broke sent a letter of challenge to Chesapeake
commander, Captain James Lawrence. In it, Broke challenged Lawrence and
crew to meet HMS Shannon
in ship-to-ship combat. In his letter to Captain Lawrence, Captain
Broke taunted him, suggesting that the engagement might
“console” his country and its “little
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The letter never reached Captain Lawrence, but within hours the two
ships were engaged in battle nonetheless. Although equally matched in
crew was smaller: 330 men to Chesapeake
380. In addition, Captain Broke’s men were tired, provisions
running low, and his ship was showing signs of heavy wear.
Nevertheless, Captain Broke’s crew was well-drilled,
trained and experienced, while his American opponents were not.
Just before 6:00 p.m. on June 1, 1813, battle between HMS Shannon
and USS Chesapeake
began about 40 kilometres (20 nautical miles) east of Boston. The ships
opened fire almost simultaneously, but the unassuming Royal Navy
struck first, taking out Chesapeake
gun-ports: a tactical manoeuvre that had proven successful for Captain
Broke in the past.
By 6:15 p.m., Captain Lawrence had been fatally wounded while Captain
Broke had suffered a near-fatal head wound. However, the men of HMS Shannon
successfully boarded and captured USS
It proved to be one of the bloodiest single ship battles in any war in
the age of sail and had the highest loss of life in frigate engagement
during the War
. Altogether, 228 men lost their lives in the intense
escorted USS Chesapeake
and her defeated crew into Halifax Harbour five days later. Captain
Broke had defeated a powerful American frigate, taken it out of
commission, and boosted flagging morale in the Royal Navy. Although the
stalwart Captain survived his horrific wound, he never fully recovered,
and never returned to active duty. He was, however, raised to the rank
of baronet in September 1813.
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