This 2017 $20 fine silver coin is the
first coin of three in the Aircraft of
the Second World War Series. The
coin artistically creates a striking contrast using a near flawless proof
finish and selective colour. The coin pays
tribute to the Hawker Hurricane,
which was flown by Canadian aircrew during the Battle of Britain. The coin weighs just over one ounce of pure
silver, and has a limited mintage of 7,500 coins. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal
Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist David
A. Oram features an engraved depiction of two Hawker Hurricanes patrolling the
skies over Great Britain during the Battle of Britain, circa 1940. The design
features an outstanding amount of detail, all painstakingly engraved and
enhanced with the use of multiple finishes. In the background, a part in the
cloud cover reveals the Thames Estuary below, where the fuel tanks and ships of
a vital British shipping port are to be defended from airborne attacks by the
German Luftwaffe. The selectively coloured Hurricane in the foreground bears
the reporting marks of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) No. 1 Squadron,
along with the identifier YO-A and the serial number P3069 that are associated
with the aircraft flown by Squadron Leader Ernest Archibald McNab. This Hurricane’s
combat experience is evident in the markings and faded paint on its fuselage
and wings, but does little to diminish the aircraft’s overall colourful
appearance—from its grey-green camouflage to the multi-coloured roundels on the
wings and fuselage, along with the red, white and blue tail flash.
The coin is engraved with the word
"CANADA," the date "2017" and the words "Hawker
Hurricane". The back design features an effigy of King George VI, by T. H.
Paget, as used on Canadian coins in the Second World War period.