On the morning of July 10, 1943, Canada came ashore near the Sicilian town of Pachino. Code-named
“Operation Husky,” the Invasion of Sicily was the Canadian Army’s first large-scale campaign of the
Second World War; this sixth coin in our Battlefront Series honours the contributions of the 25,000-strong
Canadian contingent at Sicily, including the dispatch riders who risked it all to deliver vital information.
The reverse image by Valentine De Landro travels to a Sicilian town during the Allied Invasion of Sicily. Viewed
from a ground-level perspective, a Canadian dispatch rider (DR) races to deliver a vital message; he wears a
typical DR uniform, with high boots, a round helmet, goggles, a leather vest and a leather dispatch bag slung
across the body. The motorcycle is a British-built model, featuring a “blackout” headlamp; built for service
overseas, the motorcycle’s reliability and extra ground clearance made it ideally suited for the fast-paced work
of a dispatch rider, but was also used for training, reconnaissance and escort duties. The scene has an added
sense of urgency and motion, as the motorcycle kicks up a cloud of dust while racing past the buildings. The
obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.
This is the SIXTH coin in our multi-year
Second World War: Battlefront Series, which explores Canada’s
involvement in key battles of the Second World War.