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RCM marks end of Korean War with silver dollar

Canada’s silver dollar marking the Korean War armistice anniversary may be easier to obtain than the medal that inspired its design, considering that many recipients of the Korea Medal faced the danger of combat.

On July 9 the Royal Canadian Mint launched a Proof silver dollar commemorating the 60th anniversary of the armistice of July 27, 1953, which was achieved after more than three years of conflict.

Coin bears medal designs

The new coin has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces.

The coin’s obverse and reverse feature adaptations of the designs on the Korea Medal awarded to all Commonwealth forces who served in the war.

Canada’s version of the medal, having the national name added below the obverse effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick, was presented to more than 27,000 Canadian service personnel who were involved in the conflict, according to the RCM’s 1954 annual report. The RCM struck the Canadian medals.

The medal’s obverse legends were replaced on the coin obverse with the year date and denomination; the queen’s name appears on both.

The medal — and consequently the coin — also features, on the reverse, Edward Carter Preston’s depiction of the Greek mythological warrior Hercules slaying Hydra, the indomitable multiheaded monster.

On the coin’s reverse, RCM engravers added the word CORÉE below KOREA to reflect Canada’s official bilingualism (only KOREA appears on the medal).

An armistice agreement signed July 27, 1953, brought combat in Korea to an end, 37 months after North Korean forces invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950.

The coin retails for $69.95 Canadian. The RCM said it will donate $10 from the sale of each coin to Canadian Korean War Veteran organizations.

Ordering details

The U.S. prices for collectors in the United States buying from the RCM fluctuate with the exchange rate of the U.S. and Canadian dollars at the time of purchase.

Telephone the RCM inside the United States at 800-268-6468. In Canada, telephone the RCM at 800-267-1871. Visit the RCM website at

Two RCM distributors in the U.S. carry the coin at fixed prices in U.S. dollars.

Gatewest Coin Ltd., and Talisman Coins are all official distributors for the RCM.

To order from Gatewest, visit

Order from Talisman through ¦

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