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2006 Canada $30 National War Memorials - Beaumont-Hamel Sterling Silver

2006 $30 Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
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2006 Canada $30 National War Memorials - Beaumont-Hamel Sterling Silver

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Nine kilometres north of the town of Albert in the Somme region of France, a large bronze caribou, the emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, stands proud, its head raised in apparent defiance. This is the place where the Newfoundlanders faced their first battle in France.

The Newfoundland troops were renowned for their character; soldiers who could be relied upon whatever the cost and went into battle with courage, skill and conviction. On July 1, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, the Newfoundland Regiment moved across 'no man's land' towards the enemy and lived up to their reputation. On three bronze tablets located at the base of the caribou list the members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve and the Mercantile Marine who were lost during the First World War and who have no known graves. In addition on another plaque found at the site are inscribed the words of John Oxenham that pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives 'for the good of us all'.

Face Value: 30 dollars
Mintage: 15,000
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 31.50
Diameter (mm): 40
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof

Special Features:
2nd coin in the National War Memorials series. Portions of the John Oxenham poem found at the site in both French and English beautifully surround the Caribou at the centre of the coin

Maroon display case with an insert which houses the coin. Protected by a black beauty box.

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