This huge high relief antique finish $250 coin is a stunning ode to a defining moment in our history, one that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. The design features a flyer’s view of Juno Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The coin weighs over 32 ounces in pure silver and has a mintage of just 400 pieces, adding rarity and intrinsic value to the historic art. HST/GST exempt.
We were young, but we had bravery well beyond our years. We didn’t go into Normandy to leave our mark on history — we went in to liberate France from the Nazis, knowing how much hinged on our success. On land, on water, and in the air, we gave our all for victory at Juno Beach and beyond. The kilo-sized pièce de résistance, is a labour of love and a reverent homage to Canada’s veterans. Nestled in its wooden collector case, the fine silver snapshot is appropriately aged thanks to an antiqued finish, while ultra high relief technology gives it a relief height of nearly 4 millimetres.
Based on wartime photography, maps and documents from the Second World War, the design by Royal Canadian Mint engraver Traian Georgescu shows the D-Day invasion site after the first line of enemy defences were defeated at Bernières-sur-Mer. Canadian troops are shown disembarking from the Landing Craft Infantry vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy. Moving past the recently breached seawall and past the attending supporting units with their specialized vehicles, the troops are joined by Canadian manned Sherman tanks as the assault forces move off the beaches to push inland and reach their objectives. The reverse includes the word “JUNO” and the 75th anniversary commemorative dates, “1944 – 2019” in a military stencil font. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.
Canada had a frontline view of victory on D-Day, and throughout the Normandy campaign. It was at Juno Beach that 3rd Canadian Infantry Division supported by 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade came ashore on the morning of June 6, 1944. And it was here that valour and sacrifice in the sand, sea and sky laid the foundations of a greater Allied victory, one that extended well beyond the beaches and first-day objectives.
The sky-high view of Juno Beach shows D-Day from a flyer’s perspective, the highest possible viewpoint that day. Looking down from an RCAF Mustang, one gets a sense of the magnitude of this historic event that was unprecedented in both size and scope. The coordinated combined operations amphibious assault required over a year of planning and training. Attention to detail was key then, and it is crucial on this coin, where even the smallest feature has historical significance.