The powerful imagery of this coin takes us back to the final months of the second world war, shortly after the costly but successful D-Day landing of Canadian and other Allied troops on the shores of Normandy, France. The difficult path to victory in Normandy would take Canada’s troops through towns and villages, where they became embroiled in a battle of attrition against some of the enemy’s best troops: the elite Panzer divisions.
Steeled by combat experience, the wary soldier is now the image of steady resolve on this 1 oz. fine silver coin. Mintage is limited to 7,500 pieces.
Designed by Brad Anderson, the design shows a Canadian infantry soldier advancing during the Normandy Campaign (June 6-August 30, 1944). He is flanked by an LCA carrier used at Juno Beach, and a Sherman III D-Drive tank that symbolizes Canada’s armoured divisions. To mark the beginning of the Liberation of Western Europe, the air is filled with the “sound” of victory ringing out in the form of sound waves, which represent “V” for “Victory” in Morse code—a nod to D-Day radio broadcasts. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.