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|In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Mint was proud to unveil a new circulation two-dollar coin.
This photo, taken October 1, 1940 in New Westminster, BC, captures a column of soldiers marching off to the Second World War. The little boy breaks away from his mother’s hand to run to his father just as the shutter clicks. Wait for Me Daddy is one of the most famous Canadian photos from the Second World War, symbolizing the sacrifices families made for the war effort. It coincides with the unveiling of a statue in New Westminster on October 4, 2014, to honour the photo.
On October 1, 1940, the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) marched down Eighth Street in New Westminster, British Columbia. As a military band played, the entire town came out to see what must have seemed like an endless line of brave soldiers marching off to war.
Just as photographer Claude P. Dettloff prepared to take his picture, 5-year-old Warren “Whitey” Bernard broke loose from his mother's grasp and ran towards his father, Private Jack Bernard. The picture captured a moment that touched the entire world, and soon became one of the best-known photographs of Canada's war effort. The picture appeared October 2, 1940 in Vancouver Daily Province. During the war, the photo was used extensively for war bonds fundraising campaigns. The picture was named one of ten best pictures of the 1940s by Life Magazine. The picture was taken at 9 metres with a 3 1/4x4 1/4 Speed Graphic and a 13.5 C.M. Zeiss lens and the exposure was 1/200 of a second at F.8, using Agfa film
The coin was unveilled in presence of the then little boy.
reeded in segment plus inscription
Like the new one-dollar circulation coins, Canada's new two-dollar circulation coins are manufactured using the Mint's Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology.
The Mint has embarked on an extensive coin program that will last until 2020, to commemorate the many aspects of Canada’s experience, at home and on the battlefield, during the First and Second World Wars. This new circulation coin furthers our proud tradition of remembering the many sacrifices of Canadians at times of war.
|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II facing right
|A virtual image of two maple leaves will appear at the top of the coin – a different image is produced as the coin is turned from side to side. The virtual image is produced by engraving different patterns on each side of two-sided grooves on the face of the coin.
2) two laser marks of maple leaves, each within a circle, at the bottom of the coin's reverse.
The reverse image is inspired by the iconic photograph Wait for Me, Daddy, which was taken on October 1, 1940, in New Westminster by photographer Claude Dettloff. The men of the B.C. Regiment, the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles, formed an impressive line as they marched down the street. In the centre of the image, a pale-haired young boy, Warren “Whitey” Bernard, has broken free of his mother’s grasp to reach out to his uniformed father, who is marching off to war.
|Bi-metallic Nickel (ring) and Aluminum-Bronze (center)
|Canada - Royal Canadian Mint
|plain and reeded in segments
|2 DOLLARS CANADA
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