This 2017 $20 fine silver coin features the Cross of Valour. As one of Canada’s highest honours, it signifies a nation’s recognition of an exceptional act of bravery. Established in 1972, the Cross of Valour recognizes and pays tribute to individuals whose selfless actions are defined as “acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.” This fine silver coin pays tribute to the 45-year history of this insignia and its honoured recipients. The mintage is limited to 5,500. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse features a detailed reproduction of the Cross of Valour, as originally designed by the late Bruce W. Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D. Since its creation in 1972, the gold-edged cross with four equal limbs is synonymous with “valour”, as inscribed on the reverse of the authentic insignia; on the coin’s reverse, the insignia’s distinctive colour is replicated by the application of red and gold translucent paint over the engraved stylized pattern. At its center lies the gold version of the motif common to all three Canadian Decorations for Bravery: a maple leaf surrounded by a laurel wreath. The reverse includes the engraved commemorative dates “1972” and “2017”, as well as the word “CANADA”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt.
The Cross of Valour – Created in 1972, the medallion is presented to individuals, both Canadians and foreigners, living and deceased, who have performed acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril. It is a decoration that is, within the Canadian systems of honours, the second highest award available for Canadian civilians, and the highest of the three Canadian Bravery Decorations.