Elite U.S.-Canadian "Devil’s Brigade" Memorialized with 1/4 Ounce Gold Coin Available Exclusively From Goldline 

Santa Monica, CA – May 1, 2013 – Goldline International is the exclusive dealer for the Royal Canadian Mint’s limited production quarter-ounce gold bullion coins honoring the 1st Special Service Force, also known as the "the Black Devils" or "the Devil’s Brigade," the original special forces unit that conducted commando operations during World War II.

The Devil’s Brigade was comprised of American and Canadian volunteers who were recruited for being "rough, tough and unafraid of anything." The volunteers were initially stationed in Helena, Montana, where they were trained in parachute jumps, unarmed combat, skiing, mountaineering, demolition and the use of traditional and unorthodox weapons.

The Devil’s Brigade earned its moniker while fighting in Anzio, Italy. The Special Forces unit, tasked with holding approximately one-third of the Anzio front line, fought so fiercely that one German officer wrote, "the Black Devils are all around us every time we come into the line, and we never hear them come." (Adelman and Walton’s The Devil’s Brigade [Naval Institute Press 1966].) The Special Forces’ commander, General Robert Frederick, later had stickers printed with the unit's insignia and the words "Das dicke Ende kommt noch!" or "The worst is yet to come," which his troops would leave on the bodies of dead German soldiers. The Devil’s Brigade’s last mission supported the invasion of southern France where the unit captured and held five German forts.

The Devil’s Brigade pure gold coins feature the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse (front). The reverse displays an American Star and Canadian Maple Leaf bracketing the Devil’s Brigade insignia: a spearhead emblazoned with "USA" and "Canada." Below the insignia are two crossed arrows and the inscription "First Special Service Force" in English and French.

These limited production ¼ ounce gold coins are crafted in .9999 fine gold and are Canadian legal tender. Each coin is guaranteed for its weight and purity by the Royal Canadian Mint. Due to their fineness, these bullion coins can be included in precious metals IRAs. 

"The First Special Force served as an elite fighting force during World War II and as model for future Special Forces units," said Brian R. Crumbaker, Chief Executive Officer of Goldline. "Goldline is proud to offer these exclusive coins that honor the "Black Devils" who served their countries bravely and fearlessly."

To speak with a Goldline Account Executive about the exclusive Devil’s Brigade gold coins, call 877-641-2646 or visit

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013