The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the first coin in a new series paying tribute to four professions working to provide safety and security to the public at large. Whether it is in the field of policing, firefighting, medical emergencies, or military service, the men and women who perform these duties are often regarded as national heroes. The Royal Canadian Mint’s inspiring new series pays tribute to the uncommon courage of these individuals.
The first coin in this series pays tribute to firefighters. Their bravery and commitment to protecting lives and property is legendary and admired just about everywhere. It is no wonder that so many youngsters grow up in the hope that one day they too can join the ranks of their community’s fire department.
Designed by Canadian artist Ken Ryan, the reverse side of the first coin in the series uses selective color over engraving to create a vivid portrait of a firefighter in the line of duty. In the engraved background, flames and smoke pour out of a home as the firefighter emerges in the foreground; beneath his visor, the firefighter’s self-contained breathing apparatus is visible and protects him from the dangers of exposure and smoke inhalation. In his right hand are bolt cutters that help him enter the burning building to search for trapped occupants; his left hand cradles a dog he has rescued from inside the home and is carrying to safety.
The obverse side includes an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt; it has been used on all Canadian circulation coins and many commemorative issues since 2003.
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The coin, which will dispatch this month, is available as part of a four-coin subscription. The remaining coins will be released later this year and focus on paramedics (June), Police (August), and the Military (September). A custom wooden presentation case is also included.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their Web site. Subscriptions for this series are available to Canadian and US addresses only.