Project Description

D-Day 75th Anniversary coins in silver and gold

Codenamed Operation Neptune, the largest seaborne invasion in history and the start of Operation Overlord took place on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 when a huge Allied force began the liberation of German-occupied France. The culmination of a years planning, and even then, it was almost scuppered by the weather, D-Day encompassed an assault on five beaches – Gold, Juno and Sword by British & Commonwealth forces, with Utah & Gold by the US.

Starting with an extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault, Allied troops swarmed ashore and encountered heavy resistance, on the beach where the US forces landed, and further inland elsewhere. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs, and the landing craft came under heavy fire from gun emplacements. Despite failing to achieve any first day objectives, the push was relentless and eventually led to a break out from the landing zones. The securing of the beaches and the subsequent construction of two Mulberry Harbours led to an influx of men and material that overwhelmed the defending German Army. A rapid securing of air superiority and continued naval dominance meant the days of effective resistance in the West were numbered.

An undertaking like this is exactly the sort of event that should be commemorated. It helped change the course of history for the better, and affected literally millions of people. The world’s mints weren’t going to miss marking the invasion 75 years later, and there’s a decent selection of gold and silver coins to choose from. Numiscollect’s silver bullet is an unusual piece, and the Monnaie de Paris effort is one we like here, but there should be something that appeals to everyone.

We’ll add new coins to this page as they’re issued, but let us know if we’ve missed any precious metal issues.

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT

2019 D-DAY: A SNAPSHOT IN TIME

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.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $250 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 1.006.00 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 102.1 mm
FINISH Antique
MINTAGE 400
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 BATTLEFRONT NORMANDY CAMPAIGN

Designed by Brad Anderson, the reverse finds 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.

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a custom 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.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $20 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 31.39 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 38.0 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 7,500
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

Designed by Brad Anderson, the reverse finds 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.

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a custom 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.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $20 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 31.39 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 38.0 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 7,500
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 OPERATION TONGA

Designed by Pandora Young, your coin shows the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in action during the early hours of June 6, 1944. A first-person view captures the intensity of the moment during Operation Tonga, as one by one the paratroopers drop from the Douglas C-47 Dakota aircraft. Seen from above, the paratrooper is outfitted with a leg kit bag as he makes his descent, his static line still clipped to the cover of the backpack parachute. In the distance, open chutes float towards the cloud cover, where small breaks reveal glimpses of the Normandy landscape below. 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 wood case with a black beauty box.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $125 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 502.99 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 84.85 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 500
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 D-DAY 75TH

Designed by Tony Bianco, your coin steps back in time to the morning of June 6, 1944, as the first wave of Canadian troops storms Juno Beach. The scene shares the same inspiration as the Juno Beach Centre Association’s D-Day anniversary logo; it re-creates a moment caught on film when the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment landed on Nan Red Beach (La Rive Plage). In the foreground, an infantry soldier has a strained expression on his face after surveying what lies ahead—this is his first real combat experience. A reassuring pat is a touching moment of humanity and a gesture of solidarity amid enemy fire and fear, while the wedding ring is a reminder of loved ones back home. In the sky above, a sequence of dots and dashes represent the letter V (for “Victory”) in Morse code; they allude to the radio broadcasts that announced the Allied landings that day. The reverse includes the word “CANADA”, the double dates “1944” and “2019”, and the face value “DOLLAR”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $1 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 23.17 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 36.07 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 20,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 GILDED SET EDITION D-DAY 75TH

Designed by Tony Bianco, your proof dollar steps back in time to the morning of June 6, 1944, as the first wave of Canadian troops storms Juno Beach. The scene shares the same inspiration as the Juno Beach Centre Association’s D-Day anniversary logo; it re-creates a moment caught on film when the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment landed on Nan Red Beach (La Rive Plage). Highlighted by selective gold plating, an infantry soldier has a strained expression on his face after surveying what lies ahead—this is his first real combat experience. A reassuring pat is a touching moment of humanity and a gesture of solidarity amid enemy fire and fear, while the wedding ring is a reminder of loved ones back home. In the sky above, a sequence of dots and dashes represent the letter V (for “Victory”) in Morse code; they allude to the radio broadcasts that announced the Allied landings that day. The reverse includes the word “CANADA”, the double dates “1944” and “2019”, and the face value “DOLLAR”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Your set includes a numbered certificate with detailed coin specifications—your proof of ownership for this low mintage premium proof set and evidence that each coin has been individually inspected by our resident quality assurance specialists. Your 99.99% pure silver proof set comes in an elegant genuine leather book-style packaging that complements your beautiful coins.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $1 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 7.89 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 26.5 mm
FINISH Proof, Gilded
MINTAGE 15,000 sets
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 SPECIAL EDITION D-DAY 75TH

Selectively coloured to resemble a black-and-white photograph, your coin’s design by Tony Bianco steps back in time to the morning of June 6, 1944, as the first wave of Canadian troops storms Juno Beach. The scene shares the same inspiration as the Juno Beach Centre Association’s D-Day anniversary logo; it re-creates a moment caught on film when the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment landed on Nan Red Beach (La Rive Plage). An infantry soldier has a strained expression on his face after surveying what lies ahead—this is his first real combat experience. A reassuring pat is a touching moment of humanity and a gesture of solidarity amid enemy fire and fear. But the gold-coloured wedding ring is also a reminder of the cost of war, of loved ones back home. In the sky above, a sequence of dots and dashes represent the letter V (for “Victory”) in Morse code; they allude to the radio broadcasts that announced the Allied landings that day. The reverse includes the word “CANADA”, the double dates “1944” and “2019”, and the face value “DOLLAR”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Your coins are elegantly presented in a book-style packaging made of maroon pleather.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $1 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 23.17 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 36.07 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 15,000 sets
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 D-DAY AT JUNO BEACH

A soldier’s first step onto Juno Beach is preserved for all time in this poignant design by Glen Loates. Your coin features a military boot print in the sand, its deep indentation and crisp lines conveying the weight of the soldier’s resolve as he moves towards his objective. Below the boot print, a wave laps at the shore, its contours echoing the Normandy coastline. The word “JUNO” fills the space between the boot print and the water, and sits atop the anniversary years “1944 – 2019” that are linked by a maple leaf insignia from the Second World War. The word “CANADA” is engraved along the upper edge of the coin.

Your encapsulated coin is packaged in a custom folder that allows you to easily display and safely store your special keepsake.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $1 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 7.96 g 0.9999 silver
DIMENSIONS 27.00 mm
FINISH Reverse proof
MINTAGE 100,000
BOX / COA Card mounted

2019 D-DAY AT JUNO BEACH GOLD

A soldier’s first step onto Juno Beach is preserved for all time in this poignant design by Glen Loates. Your coin features a military boot print in the sand, its deep indentation and crisp lines conveying the weight of the soldier’s resolve as he moves towards his objective. Below the boot print, a wave laps at the shore, its contours echoing the Normandy coastline. The word “JUNO” fills the space between the boot print and the water, and sits atop the anniversary years “1944 – 2019” that are linked by a maple leaf insignia from the Second World War. The word “CANADA” is engraved along the upper edge of the coin.

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $100 CAD (Canada)
COMPOSITION 12.0 g 14kt gold
DIMENSIONS 27.00 mm
FINISH Reverse proof
MINTAGE 1,200
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

ROYAL MINT

2019 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY GILDED

On 6 June 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy in the largest amphibious assault in history. With a huge invasion force the Allies stormed five beaches code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Overcoming a series of defences known as the Atlantic Wall, the Allies were able to secure a foothold on the continent and begin the liberation of occupied Europe. The landings were a crucial turning point in the Second World War and were pivotal in the eventual Allied victory.

The commemorative £2 coin, designed by The Royal Mint’s graphic designer, Stephen Taylor, takes inspiration from military maps to depict the strategy taken by the Allies to land on the five Normandy beaches. The coin represents the huge and unprecedented scale of the operation, which was an all‐out assault by land, sea and air. The coin was designed as a tribute to those who planned and participated in the epic feat.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION £2 UKP (United Kingdom)
COMPOSITION 12.0 g or 24.0 g 0.925 silver
DIMENSIONS 28.40 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 5,000 & 2,000 (piedfort)
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY GOLD

On 6 June 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy in the largest amphibious assault in history. With a huge invasion force the Allies stormed five beaches code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Overcoming a series of defences known as the Atlantic Wall, the Allies were able to secure a foothold on the continent and begin the liberation of occupied Europe. The landings were a crucial turning point in the Second World War and were pivotal in the eventual Allied victory.

The commemorative £2 coin, designed by The Royal Mint’s graphic designer, Stephen Taylor, takes inspiration from military maps to depict the strategy taken by the Allies to land on the five Normandy beaches. The coin represents the huge and unprecedented scale of the operation, which was an all‐out assault by land, sea and air. The coin was designed as a tribute to those who planned and participated in the epic feat.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION £2 UKP (United Kingdom)
COMPOSITION 15.97 g 0.9167 gold
DIMENSIONS 28.40 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 400
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

CZECH MINT

2019 OPERATION OVERLORD GOLD

Mgr. Petr Horák dedicated the reverse side of the coin to U.S. Army, who run out of landing craft to meet the German machine gun fire. The English inscription bears OPERATION OVERLORD. The obverse side is common to the entire miniseries entitled The War Year 1944 and presents the flags of the states that participated in the operations depicted on the four coins, together with the coin issuer. Since the Czech Mint is provided with the license to coin its commemorative coins by the Pacific Island of Niue, it bears the name and the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value of 5 DOLLARS (NZD) and the year of the issue 2019.

You can store a collection of four war coins in a thematic metal etue that also presents US soldiers attacking the fortified Normandy beaches.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 NZD (Niue)
COMPOSITION 3.11 g 0.9999 gold
DIMENSIONS 16.00 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 300
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

NUMISCOLLECT

2019 BULLET

One of major proponents of true dimensional coins, Numiscollect have issued some complex and beautifully detailed examples of this type of coin over the last couple of years. Their Egyptian coins are perfect examples, and the recent Mongolian Ural Owl coin is exquisitely designed, but this latest release is a simpler affair. Bullet-shaped silver bullion isn’t something new and there has been a fairly eclectic selection available for a while now, but not coins.

Rather than just a basic cast affair, Numiscollects latest is split into two half-ounce pieces that can be joined with the inset magnet to form the full bullet shape. Each half is denominated in Tanzanian Shillings on the inner face, with the conjoined pieces sporting a clean exterior. Given the sheer number of these expended on D-Day, the use of a bullet shape to commemorate the anniversary of the operation is quite an appropriate one.

Packaged in a themed box and with an enclosed certificate of authenticity, this 1oz fine silver coin will ship in July and should be available to pre-order shortly.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION 2 x 500 Shillings (Tanzania)
COMPOSITION 2 x 15.55 g 0.999 silver
DIMENSIONS 2 x 32 x 12 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated
MINTAGE 499
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

BRITISH POBJOY MINT

2019 ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY PIEDFORT

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Pobjoy Mint is proud to release this special 2019 Proof Sterling Silver Piedfort 50p on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar. During World War II, the Battle of Normandy resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Code named Operation Overlord, the battle began on 6th June 1944, also known as D-Day.

The design shows the coastline of Normandy with the five beaches involved in the invasion indicated on the land. The three national flags of the Allied Forces (United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada) are shown. Above this, the wording ‘1944-2019 D-DAY’ is shown below the outline of a World War II ship indicating the anniversary.

Pobjoy Mint Couped Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the inscription completed in Latin reading ‘ELIZABETH II BY THE GRACE OF GOD, QUEEN OF GIBRALTAR”. The coin inscription includes the year date.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION £0.50p UKP (Gibraltar)
COMPOSITION 16.0 g 0.925 silver
DIMENSIONS 24.30 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 995
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

MONNAIE DE PARIS

2019 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY SILVER

The DDay coins celebrate the incredible military operation that took place on June 6th, 1944. The troops of 11 Allied countries combined their forces to establish a formidable bridgehead on French soil. This coin is a real tribute to the various forces involved (naval, air, land) and to all the countries that have officially participated in this great “adventure”.

The face represents the different types of military operations that took place on June 6th, 1944 surrounding the mention DDAY (written bearing the American, British, Free French and Canadian flag) 75th. In the foreground, a Dakota is flying over the whole obverse, symbolically sports USAF and RAF cockades, he is accompanied by Spitfire and Mustang fighters. The coin is dotted with paratroopers and other small planes symbolizing airborne operations. In the center, land forces come out from the barges.

The reverse puts forward all the allied countries that officially participated in the Normandy landings surrounding the face value and the RF mention. Clockwise: Free France, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Poland, Australia, United-States, Norway, United-Kingdom, Czechoslovakia, Canada, Belgium.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION €10 EURO
COMPOSITION 22.2 g 0.900 silver
DIMENSIONS 37.0 mm
FINISH Proof
MINTAGE 5,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

2019 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY GOLD

The DDay coins celebrate the incredible military operation that took place on June 6th, 1944. The troops of 11 Allied countries combined their forces to establish a formidable bridgehead on French soil. This coin is a real tribute to the various forces involved (naval, air, land) and to all the countries that have officially participated in this great “adventure”.

The face represents the different types of military operations that took place on June 6th, 1944 surrounding the mention DDAY (written bearing the American, British, Free French and Canadian flag) 75th. In the foreground, a Dakota is flying over the whole obverse, symbolically sports USAF and RAF cockades, he is accompanied by Spitfire and Mustang fighters. The coin is dotted with paratroopers and other small planes symbolizing airborne operations. In the center, land forces come out from the barges.

The reverse puts forward all the allied countries that officially participated in the Normandy landings surrounding the face value and the RF mention. Clockwise: Free France, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Poland, Australia, United-States, Norway, United-Kingdom, Czechoslovakia, Canada, Belgium.

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SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION €50 EURO €200 EURO
COMPOSITION 7.78 g 0.999 gold 31.104 g 0.900 silver
DIMENSIONS 22.0 mm 37.0 mm
FINISH Proof Proof
MINTAGE 500 +750 fm 250 + 99 fm
BOX / COA Yes / Yes Yes / Yes