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The Flanders Poppy: symbol of blood, death and heroism

  • Stunning Proof remembrance coin containing the whole “In Flanders Field” poem

  • 2oz of .925 Silver and 50mm in diameter

  • Worldwide limited mintage of 499

  • Exclusive to The Bradford Mint​

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The poem In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian doctor, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae on 3 May 1915, after he was inspired to write it following the burial of Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, a fellow soldier and friend.

The poem, first published in England's Punch magazine, was clearly the work of one who had personally experienced the growing horrors of World War I. It has a heraldic, if not romantic tone that has not yet come to grips with the appalling horrors to follow.

McCrae worked on the poem intermittently as time permitted. He was struck by the way that brilliantly red poppies grew over the graves of fallen soldiers. He equated their sacrifice with the blooms, encapsulating the thought in the classic opening stanza:  

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

The poppy continues to be immortalised as a symbol of wartime courage, sacrifice and death and In Flanders Fields became a rallying call to arms, coming to symbolise Remembrance Day and ultimately, the tragedy and futility of war. This stunning silver .925 proof coin was created to remember and capture this magnificent poem in its entirety whilst also displaying the poppy legacy in stunning red enamel.

There is a worldwide limit of 499 of these coins being struck exclusively for The Bradford Mint, so call or email us today to secure yours before they allocation is sold out.

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