This 2012 pure silver double struck proof coin has a four dollar denomination and is part of a series commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The coin features Tecumseh set against an engraved background with the words “The War of 1812” in both English and French. In the design is the engraved and painted Government of Canada War of 1812 logo composed of stylistic 1812 typography encompassed by a stylized maple leaf with ecru swords crossing behind it. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As a pure silver coin, this item is GST / HST exempt.
One of the legendary Canadian Heroes of 1812, the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh fought heroically during Tecumseh's War and in the War of 1812. He is most well-known for his early role in the War, when he joined the British commander of Upper Canada, Major-General Sir Isaac Brock in the battle to capture Detroit. Over the course of the War of 1812, he led over 2,000 warriors and fought at the sieges of Fort Meigs and Fort Stephenson. As he was a dynamic leader and warrior, his name meant both "shooting star" and "crouching panther". Tecumseh has become an iconic folk hero in Canadian history.
This coin is a tribute to the heroes of the War of 1812 and will make an ideal anyone interested in Canadian history and aboriginal historic.