Canada 2012 Toonie "war Of 1812" Mint
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Canada 2012 Toonie "war Of 1812" Mint:
HMS SHANNON Commemorative
WAR OF 1812
2 dollar Coin
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Mint state uncirculated condition
First coin release of the 5 coin series. This is for one (1) commemorative coin.
Beautiful depiction of the HMS Shannon.
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The War of 1812 was a fundamental turning point in Canada's history. Its history—including that of the Leda-class frigate, HMSShannon—has become important chapters in the narrative of Canada's evolution from colony to sovereign nation. The two-dollar coin featuring HMS Shannon commemorates the historic 11-minute battle with USS Chesapeake off the coast of Boston. The capture of the Chesapeake marked a decisive naval victory for the British at a time when morale was waning.
The British Navy was thought to be the most powerful in the world. But after five surprising defeats at the hands of the US Navy, it was feared morale was weakening. Aboard HMS Shannon, Captain Philip Broke was eager to secure a victory and had implemented a rigorous training schedule for his crew. The US frigate sailed to meet theShannon on June 1, 1813. The battle lasted only 11 minutes, but was a decisive victory that helped bolster confidence in the British Navy. HMS Shannon escorted USSChesapeake into the Halifax harbour on June 6, 1813
On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain, initiating two years of intense fighting. British North American forces fought tenaciously to preserve the way of life of a future Canada. In recognition of their bravery, the Mint has created five circulation coins to commemorate these defining moments of the War of 1812.
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