BusinessWire · Jun. 11, 2012
Gatewest Coin Ltd. is pleased to introduce two beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted legal-tender collector coins designed to showcase the historic King George III War of 1812 Indian Peace Medals.
Officially announced today, for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, are 1 Kilogram pure gold and silver coins. The coins are a joint venture in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint, and feature details modeled after an original King George III Indian Peace Medal.
These coins were created to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and to honour the contributions of Indigenous communities, who valiantly defended the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada from invasion between 1812 and 1814.
The reverse of each coin features both sides of the King George III Indian Peace Medal rendered in striking detail, as it appeared in 1812. To the right of this effigy is an image of the Arms of George III that would have appeared on the reverse of the peace medals at the time of the War of 1812. The coins have a legal tender face value of $250 (silver); $2,500 (gold), and are expertly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint in 1 kilogram of pure 99.99% fine silver / fine gold.
Ian Laing, President of Gatewest Coin, said, “We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to partner with the Royal Canadian Mint on this special program. I have always held great respect for those who gave such a great sacrifice in the service of defending the rights and freedoms of our country. The Royal Canadian Mint has fantastically recreated these historic medals by striking them in one of the largest legal tender coins issued by Canada.”