The Royal Canadian Mint has announced that $200,000 (CAD) was raised from the sale of the “Highway of Heroes” commemorative silver coin. This coin, struck to commemorate Canada’s war dead from Afghanistan, gets its name from Rt 401, the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway. The road has been nicknamed the “Highway of Heroes”, as it is the route taken from the airbase in Trenton, Ontario, where the remains of fallen soldiers arrive back in Canada, to the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto, where the bodies are prepared for burial.
The $200,000 proceeds from the sale of the coin, which had a limited mintage of 25,000, will be split between the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund and the Military Families Fund. The ARMF is a project to build a memorial honoring the Canadian soldiers who have died in Afghanistan, and is funded entirely from donations. The MFF provides assistance to military families in need.