Known as the Devil’s Brigade, the Black Devils, or simply the First Special Service Force, the role of these American and Canadian commandos in responding to threats during World War II was vital. The first joint military unit formed by the United States and Canada, many modern Special Forces units in both nations’ militaries view the First Special Service Force as their founding fathers. Right now, ¼ oz Gold First Special Service Force Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you housed inside of individual plastic or sheets of 20!
- Struck between 2013 and January 2014!
- Consists of One-Quarter Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of $5 (CAD) backed by the federal government of Canada.
- On the obverse is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The reverse features the badge worn by members of the First Special Service Force.
Formed in the summer of 1942, the First Special Service Force of American and Canadian commandos trained for their mission at Fort William Henry Harrison in Helena, Montana. Initial deployments of the 1,400 members of the Devil’s Brigade included a stint in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska’s southwest coast. However, the group would see direct combat in Europe during the war fighting in Italy and southern France.
In 2013, the United States Congress issued the Congressional Gold Medal to the surviving members of the unit. The men of the Devil’s Brigade fought for freedom alongside Allied forces from 1942 until December 1944 when the unit was officially disbanded. Coins in the ¼ oz Gold First Special Service Force were issued in 2013 and 2014, coinciding with the year of the group’s Congressional Gold Medals and the 70th anniversary of their final engagements.
On the reverse of the ¼ oz Gold Canadian First Special Service Force, Coin you’ll find the design of the shoulder patch worn by members of the unit. With “Canada” and “USA” inscribed on the arrowhead, it indicates the unit was the tip of the spear for their nations’ military efforts. On either side of the arrowhead, you’ll find the American Star and Canadian Maple Leaf.
The obverse of the Gold First Special Service Force Coins are issued with an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This design is the fourth-generation design to feature on Canadian coinage. Designed in 2003 by Susanna Blunt, this is the first portrait of Elizabeth II and the first since George VI to depict the monarch without a crown.
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