Designed by Canadian artist John Horton
Large format coin commemorates War of 1812.
The War of 1812 was a fundamental turning point in Canada’s history: it profoundly influenced Canada’s sense of identity and united French- and English-speaking inhabitants, Indigenous communities, farmers, soldiers, artisans and others in an effort to preserve their ways of life from American invasion. Two-hundred years ago, the HMS Shannon celebrated victory on the high seas against the USS Chesapeake. In highly detailed engraving, this large format 5 oz fine silver coin commemorates the historic battle that still remains a formative event in Canadian history.
Designed by Canadian artist John Horton, this coin depicts the final moments of the famous battle of the HMS Shannon (at right) and the battle-worn USS Chesapeake (at left), its decks ablaze and gun-ports destroyed. Your coin features an embossed bilingual title that celebrates the HMS Shannon’s victory by listing its name first “THE/LE SHANNON AND THE/ET LE CHESAPEAKE.” It also features the dates “1813-2013,” commemorating 200 years since the famous war battle.