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2018 (1943-) Canadian $20 Second World War Battlefront: The Invasion of Sicily 1 oz Fine Silver Coin
Face Value: $20
Composition: 99.99% Silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
On the morning of July 10, 1943, Canadian troops came ashore near the Sicilian town of Pachino. “Operation Husky” marked the start of the Italian Campaign, as the Allies attempted to strike at the “soft underbelly of the Axis.” For Canada, the Invasion of Sicily has added significance: this was the Canadian army’s first large-scale campaign in the Second World War—and it performed admirably. On the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Sicily, the sixth coin in our continuing Second World War Battlefront Series honours the contributions of Canadians who helped establish an Allied toehold in Sicily, as a prelude to a renewed assault on Occupied Europe.
A poignant addition to your military-themed coin display. Order your commemorative coin today.
SIXTH COIN IN SERIES: Your coin is the sixth in our Second World War Battlefront Series, which chronicles Canada's participation in key battles of the Second World War.
IT BEGAN IN SICILY: On the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Sicily (July 10-August 17, 1943), your pure silver coin travels back to the start of the Italian Campaign to honour the contributions of Canadians who, in spite of great personal risk, helped bring a strategic Allied victory in the Mediterranean Theatre.
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE: While a street-level perspective adds a sense of tension and motion to the design, the finely detailed depiction of a motorcycle draws attention to the often-overlooked legacy of these wartime vehicles and their riders.
HISTORY ON THE OBVERSE TOO: Like all Canadian coinage issued in 1943, this coin features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.
RICH IN DETAILS: The precision-engraved artistry is a proud testament of the Royal Canadian Mint’s internationally renowned craftsmanship.
INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
1 OZ. PURE SILVER: Your coin is crafted from 99.99% pure silver!
LIMITED WORLDWIDE MINTAGE: Only 7,500 coins will be made available worldwide.
GST/HST EXEMPT: Your coin is GST/HST exempt.
Designed by Valentine De Landro, your coin 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, 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.
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box.
COLLECT THE ENTIRE SERIES:
Each coin is packaged in a custom graphic beauty box that is unique to the series: collect each coin and place the boxes spine to spine to see a timeline of Canada in combat during the Second World War.
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