Mint apol­o­gizes for coin that vet­er­ans’ group calls flawed

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

DIEPPE, N.B. - The Royal Cana­dian Mint is apol­o­giz­ing for a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin that a vet­er­ans’ group says in­cor­rectly named an Al­lied at­tack on the Ger­man-oc­cu­pied port of Dieppe dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Of­fi­cially code-named Op­er­a­tion Ju­bilee, the Dieppe Raid is called the Bat­tle of Dieppe on a sil­ver col­lec­tor coin is­sued for the 75th an­niver­sary of the as­sault.

Keith Brewer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Dieppe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion, says the coin should call the at­tack on the north­ern coast of France a ‘raid’ and not a ‘bat­tle.’

A spokesman for the mint says the Crown cor­po­ra­tion con­sulted with the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence’s his­tory and her­itage direc­torate be­fore pro­ceed­ing with the coin.

But, Alex Reeves says the mint un­der­stands the con­cerns ex­pressed by the New Brunswick vet­er­ans’ group and apol­o­gizes if the name of­fended any­one.

While the cur­rent coin, with a price tag of about $93, will con­tinue to be sold as part of the mint’s Sec­ond World War Bat­tle­front se­ries, he says a new Dieppe Raid col­lec­tor coin will be avail­able next year.

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