The Royal Canadian Mint is presenting a silver coin in Newfoundland to mark the 100th anniversary of the advance on Beaumont Hamel, July 1, 1916, during the Battle of Somme in the First World War.
The presentation of the coin takes place Tuesday (today) at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pleasantville, St. John’s.
The coin is part of an eight-coin series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War and retails for $109.95 on www.mint.ca. The next will specificially recognize the Battle of the Somme.
A framed coin is being presented to the legion, as the regiment and a third is to be placed in the Beaumont Hamel visitor's centre in France, Reeves said.
The coin was released in June and sales have gone well, he said.
The event is expected to be attended by Finance Minister Cathy Bennett, Legion command president Frank Sullivan, 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment deputy commanding officer Major Kyle Strong, mint board of directors chairman Carman Joynt and St. John’s South-Mount Pearl MP Seamus O’Regan.
The Royal Canadian Mint is the federal Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins.