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Royal Canadian Mint Honours Brave Newfoundlanders with Silver Collector Coin Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

A final press release from the Royal Canadian Mint.

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, August 16, 2016 – In recognition of Newfoundland’s great First World War sacrifice, the Royal Canadian Mint held an event at Canadian Forces Station St. John’s to officially present the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the Newfoundland and Labrador Command of the Royal Canadian Legion with framed silver coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.  This collector coin will also be featured at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Visitors Centre in France.

“Every July 1st, Canadians celebrate the founding of their country and the democratic values for which it stands, but it is also a time to remember that on that day in 1916, the brave men of the Newfoundland Regiment fought and gave their lives for the same ideals at the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel,” said Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl. “Beaumont-Hamel is a name that represents courage, sacrifice, and sorrow and the Government of Canada is proud that the Royal Canadian Mint has created a permanent reminder of this unforgettable chapter in the First World War and in the building of our nation through a beautiful silver collector coin.”

“The Mint has a long history of honouring Canada’s veterans and their sacrifices through coins which share their incredible, inspiring stories with Canadians from coast to coast to coast and collectors around the world,” said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  “As Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, the Mint is proud that we can play a role in honouring the memory of the men of the Newfoundland Regiment by crafting this very special coin.”

“We are proud to accept this special commemorative coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint to honour the service and sacrifice of Newfoundland’s native sons on the battlefield near Beaumont-Hamel, France,” said Frank Sullivan, President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Newfoundland and Labrador Command. “It is through initiatives like these that our heroes are remembered and kept in the public eye in recognition of their bravery for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Canadian artist Silvia Pecota designed the 99.99% pure silver coin which poignantly captures the bravery and tragedy of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel where the soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment participated in the first ground attack of the Somme Offensive on July 1, 1916.  Only 30 minutes into this assault, all but 68 of the 801-man regiment were cut down by enemy fire.

The reverse design of the coin shows a young soldier courageously advancing toward enemy lines across the battle-scarred terrain of No Man’s Land. The intensity of the artillery and machine gun fire that awaited the Newfoundlanders is evident throughout this intricately engraved scene that includes a background engraving of the gnarled “Danger Tree”, where they faced the most intense fire. Selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of “Victory” as it appeared on the Victory Medal, which was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War. The obverse of the coin features the gold-plated effigy of King George V, the reigning monarch during the First World War, who also granted the “Royal” designation to the Newfoundland Regiment in late 1917, in recognition of its battlefield achievements.

The 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel has a limited mintage of 10,000 and retails for $109.95.  It has been available for purchase since June 7, 2016 by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at The coin is also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
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Exploits of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment honoured in new coin

Note this news item from the Royal Canadian Mint.

Exploits of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment honoured in new coin

Commemorative Coin

By Alec Connor, Co-op student with the Guard –

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new commemorative coin highlighting Newfoundland’s extraordinary contribution to final victory in the First World War. The coin, with a face value of 20 dollars, features the men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment going “over the top” in battle on the obverse, with HM King George V on the reverse, rendered in silver and gold by artist Pandora Young.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment may be best known for their sacrifice during the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, a part of the first day of the Somme Campaign. On that day, British and Commonwealth Forces suffered over sixty thousand casualties, of which twenty thousand were killed or missing in action. At the village of Beaumont-Hamel, the Newfoundland Regiment suffered catastrophic losses during an early morning attack, with all the officers and nearly all of the men of the Regiment becoming casualties.  July 1st of every year, in addition to being Canada Day, is commemorated in Newfoundland as Memorial Day in honour of the battle. Newfoundlanders served honourably not only in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, but also in the Royal Navy, Royal Flying Corps, and the Merchant Marine throughout the war.

Far from being confined to Newfoundland, commemorations of the battle occur across Canada, and especially in the National Capital Region. Units in the NCR hold an annual commemorative parade on July 1st, featuring stirring music from the Atlantic Voices choir and a solemn moment of silence. Newfoundlanders throughout the Defence Team in the NCR often make a point to attend and remember. Brigadier-General Richard Goodyear, former Commandant of CFSU(O) and himself a Newfoundlander laid a commemorative wreath at this year’s ceremonies.

Photo: THE GUARD/Jordan Haworth