Coin No. 1: Firefighters
The reverse design by Canadian artist Ken Ryan uses selective colour over engraving to create a timeless portrait of a firefighter in the line of duty. In the engraved background, flames and smoke pour out of a residential home as the firefighter emerges in the foreground; he is depicted in full turnout gear, including a red helmet with visor and a tan-coloured jacket with reflective yellow-green and silver trim. Beneath the visor, the firefighter’s self-contained breathing apparatus is visible—this protects him from the dangers of exposure and smoke inhalation in a fiery environment. In his right hand, the firefighter holds the bolt cutters that help him enter the burning building to search for any trapped occupants; his left hand cradles a dog he has rescued from inside the home and is carrying to safety.
Coin No. 2: Police
The reverse design by Canadian artist Ken Ryan uses selective colour over detailed engraving in this detailed rendition of a police officer in action. Engraved in the background is an iconic police car parked on the side of a paved roadway, at the edge of an open space where a few trees dot the rolling landscape. Selective colour brings to life the dark blue uniform of the police officer in the foreground, along with the red striping on the pants and the band around the peaked police cap. Responding to a crime in progress, the officer sprints into action with right hand stretched towards the equipment belt that is within easy reach, while the left hand brings a whistle to the officer’s lips.
Coin No. 3: Paramedics
The reverse design by Canadian artist Ken Ryan uses selective colour over detailed engraving in this snapshot of paramedics in action as they rush a patient to the hospital. Engraved in the background is a rear view of an ambulance, its doors open wide just moments after arriving at a hospital’s ambulance bay. In the foreground, vibrant colour highlights the paramedics in their dark uniforms, complete with bright yellow and silver reflective bands just below the knees. Their faces are intent and convey the pressing nature of their important role; they are quick to unload the yellow-coloured stretcher from the ambulance before rushing toward the building, which will allow the patient to receive the continuum of medical care she desperately needs.
Coin No. 4: Military
Military personnel serve our country in many ways, devoting their lives to duty as they fight for the ideals and freedoms we hold dear. With this fine silver coin, the Royal Canadian Mint honours the men and women who have served—and continue to serve—at home and abroad in the quest for peace and security. Selective colour over engraving brings to life the heroic depiction of an infantry soldier in the line of duty.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Ken Ryan uses selective colour over engraving to create a portrait of bravery in action. In the engraved background, trees and branches hang overhead in this woodland setting, where military helicopters are taking part in rescue operations in an area of conflict. In the foreground, an infantry soldier in combat clothing extends his hand and reaches out to help the viewer, almost pulling us into the dynamic design, while the other gloved hand keeps a tight grip on the rappelling rope. The red-and-white colours of the Canadian flag patch on the upper left sleeve stand out against the green, brown and black camouflage pattern on the helmet and uniform, while the soldier keeps his expression intently focused on the dangerous situation at hand.
Each of the four coins in the series is produced in 99.99% pure silver and features selective colour over engraving which brings to life the depiction of a firefighter, paramedic, police officer or infantry soldier in the line of duty. A wonderful addition to your collection and a heartfelt way to recognize the valour and dedication of these men and women, who face danger each day in the line of duty.