WWII soldiers honoured with silver dollar

Proof Silver Dollar. (Image courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint).

The Royal Canadian Mint is dedicating its annual Proof Silver Dollar to the Canadian soldiers and their allies that liberated Western Europe in the closing months of the Second World War, 75 years ago.

The Mint highlights another chapter in Canadian history on the 2020 $200 Pure Gold Coin. It depicts New France pioneer Louis Hébert and his family clearing land to grow crops for Samuel de Champlain’s Habitation

The collectible features the artwork of coin designer Pandora Young, who illustrated the outpouring of emotion of civilians cheering the victorious troops. 

In a tribute to each military branch, the distinct silhouettes of a sailor, soldier and airman stand out in a mirror-like finish before a thankful crowd. A large “V” for victory at the centre of the coin and a 1945-2020 double date complete the design.

In a media statement, the Mint said the same illustration appears in the 2020 Fine Silver Proof Set, which features selective gold plating on the “V” and the rim of the Proof Silver Dollar. That special coin accompanies 99.99% pure silver versions of Canada’s 2020 circulation coins.