Nestled in its wooden collector case, your pure silver snapshot is appropriately aged thanks to an antiqued finish, while ultra high relief technology gives it a relief height of nearly 4 millimetres. It is a stunning ode to a defining moment in our history, one that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.
DESIGN: Based on wartime photography, maps and documents from the Second World War, the reverse design by Royal Canadian Mint engraver Traian Georgescu features a flyer’s view of Juno Beach ‘Nan White’ in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The image is engraved in ultra high relief and 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 (Large) (LCI(L)) 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”, all in a military stencil font. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.
If you look closely at the engraved reverse, you’ll find: two LCI(L), one LCS(S) and one LCT craft; 42 vehicles, including M4 Sherman and Churchill AVRE tanks, flamethrower WASP 2S, D7 armoured bulldozers, and more; 58 houses, with Canada House (also known as Hoffer House) on the left; and 453 soldiers on craft, in the water and on land. Each of these individual design elements took at least one full week to develop.