The War of 1812 was a seminal moment for the newly formed United States of America. Less than 30 years after expelling the British from a large portion of North America, the United States believed it faced another existential threat and declared war on another nation for the first time in its history. Today, 1/2 oz War of 1812 Platinum Bullion Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside of protective packaging, sheets of 10, or boxes of 400!
- Released in 2012 on the 200th anniversary of the war!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9995 fine platinum.
- The face value of $50 (CAD) is fully backed by Canada’s government.
- The reverse features the heraldic beasts of the main combatants.
- On the obverse is Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
The War of 1812 marked the first time in the history of the young United States that it had declared war on another power. However, this was the second war between the United States and United Kingdom in three decades, and would eventually end in what is considered an American victory after more than two years of warfare on the North American continent.
All 1/2 oz War of 1812 Platinum Bullion Coins in this listing is available with an uncirculated condition and comes inside of individual packaging for singular coins. Purchases of multiple coins may be available inside of sheets containing 10 coins or a box with 40 sheets for a total of 400 coins in all.
On the reverse face of 1/2 oz War of 1812 Platinum Bullion Coins are the heraldic beasts of the two main combatants, plus a shield depicting the Canadian maple leaf. This is significant due to some of the historical reasons behind the war. Though the British Royal Navy’s impressment of American merchant sailors for service on British vessels was one cause cited by Americans, other historians point to a US desire to annex some or all of Canada, which was then known as British North America.
The central design element includes a shield with a singular Canadian maple leaf upon it. The shield is supported on one side by the Lion of England and on the other side by the American Bald Eagle.
On the obverse of these coins, you’ll find the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy depicted here is the fourth-generation design on Canadian coinage and was created in 2003 by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt, who became just the second Canadian artist ever to create a monarch’s portrait for Canadian coinage.
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