Share Canada’s D-Day legacy with this special roll of $2 circulation coins. Each coin is a precious keepsake honouring the 14,000 Canadians who were among the 150,000 Allied troops that landed on June 6, 1944, and salutes the forces that supported them by air and sea.
By spring 1944, Germany controlled France and most of the European continent for almost four years. An Allied invasion from the west was critical, but the coast of Northwest Europe was covered with German defences. After years of preparation, the largest seaborne invasion in history was mounted on June 6, 1944. On D-Day alone, 359 Canadians lost their lives securing Juno Beach, one of five beachheads, before moving to capture German positions further inland. By the time Paris was liberated on August 25th, more than 5,000 Canadians had made the ultimate sacrifice to turn the tide towards victory the following year.
This riveting coin design by Canadian artist Alan Daniel is charged with tense anticipation as Canadian soldiers peer from their landing craft en route to Juno Beach in Normandy (France), supported by naval and air forces.
Celebrate Canada’s role in the pivotal battle that turned the tide towards victory. Only 5,000 available worldwide.