The Victory coin is the third in the six-coin Legacy of the Canadian Nickel series, which revisits the 5-cent coin designs that were produced by the Royal Canadian Mint throughout its history.
Throughout its history, each of the nickel’s transformations provides a glimpse of a young nation that was seeking to define itself and of a Mint that would quickly come into its own. This Legacy of the Canadian Nickel series is a retrospective look at the history of 5-cent coins minted by the Royal Canadian Mint; it continues with the Victory-themed design used from 1943 to 1945 to promote Canada’s war effort during the Second World War.
The reverse design recreates Thomas Shingle’s 1943 Victory design of Canada’s 5-cent coin. The master engraver’s original design is recreated and enhanced with multiple finishes, an updated bilingual Morse code message and selective gold plating. Double the size of its original, this replica allows the viewer to glimpse the intricately engraved flaming torch in the centre, which represents the sacrifice made by Canadians at home and on the battlefields of the Second World War. Behind it, the “V” has a double meaning as both a representation of Sir Winston Churchill’s famous V for Victory sign and as the Roman number for the coin’s face value. Two maple leaves stand on either side of the V. Along the original coin’s 12 flat edges, the rallying cry “We Win When We Work Willingly” was engraved in Morse code and has been replicated here along this coin’s round rim updated to also include the message in French; also engraved on the reverse are the word “CANADA” and the year “2015”. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI, who was the reigning monarch at the time of the Victory coin’s first issue by Thomas Humphrey.