Canada's official Flower of Remembrance blooms symbolically each November, when Canadians wear it with solemn pride, but it is forever in bloom on this supremely crafted tribute to the Fallen. The Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the centennial of the Armistice of 1918 through two enduring symbols that remind us of the fragility of life, and the countless sacrifices that paved the way for peace a century ago.
To mark the centennial of the Armistice of 1918, the reverse image by artist Kerri Weller combines two of the most powerful, evocative symbols of sacrifice and remembrance. A slightly stylized Papaver rhoeas blooms at the centre of the selectively coloured design, where a subtle translucence allows the coin's gold surface to radiate light from within the crimson-tinted petals. Engraved around this central poppy are four additional poppy blooms and a bud; together, the six poppies represent the six continents that were involved in the First World War (1914-1918). Three leaves complete the swirling floral arrangement, whose motion alludes to the maelstrom of war, while a multitude of grave markers help convey the magnitude of the loss of life during the four-year conflict. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Elegantly evocative and powerfully symbolic, this collector's piece commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918 with a stunning design that reflects on the sacrifices of the First World War.