Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10,000 (2015)

Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10,000 (2015)

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Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10,000 (2015)

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$109.95 CAD
Mintage: 10,000
Canada and US only

NEW! Features a diorama case that recreates a battle-ravaged Italian village!

The Italian Campaign was Canada's first full-scale ground operation of the Second World War. By the summer of 1943, the Allies were revitalised by victories in North Africa and were seeking to open up a second battlefront by invading Germany's Axis ally, Italy. On the morning of July 10, 1943, Canada joined its allies in the planned invasion of Sicily; in September, they began their slow crawl up the mountainous Italian peninsula.  Although the Allies would ultimately be victorious, the 20-month operation proved to be a bitterly fought campaign against occupying Nazi forces who fiercely defended their hold at every turn. On the 70th anniversary of this strategic operation, the Royal Canadian Mint honours Canada's veterans of this Second World War campaign with a fine silver coin that offers a glimpse of the realities of the war in places such as Ortona, Cassino and Rimini.

An ideal gift for a war historian! Order yours today!

Special features:
•    A FIRST! UNIQUE DIORAMA! Unique packaging features a diorama case that recreates a battle-ravaged Italian village and difficult fighting conditions that Canadians encountered during the bitterly fought Italian Campaign.
•    The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.
•    Crafted from 99.99% pure silver, this coin commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of the Italian Campaign.
•    Your coin marks Canada's first large-scale ground operation of the Second World War and Canadians faced fierce fighting in areas such as Ortona, where they were forced to use the tactic of mouse-holing (breaking through inside walls to access adjoining buildings) to avoid enemy sniper fire out in the streets.
•    Internationally renowned craftsmanship and exceptional engraving bring to life the finely detailed image of a Canadian tank and soldiers moving through the rubble-filled streets.
•    A beautiful collectible for commemorators, and a prestigious addition to any Canadian military- or history-themed collection.
•    Your coin is GST/HST exempt.
•    Your coin is a unique standalone product and is not included in any subscriptions, so order yours today!

About the Design:
Designed by Canadian illustrator Joel Kimmel, your coin recreates the sense of danger and the fierce fighting that awaited Canadian soldiers in the narrow streets of Italian towns such as Ortona during the winter of 1943. In the background, the crumbling remnants of stone buildings are indicative of the sheer destruction caused by combat that was often fought in close quarters. In the centre, a Canadian Sherman tank rumbles through the rubble-filled streets, causing dust to fill the air behind it. The tank is flanked by two Canadian soldiers who, despite the risk of sniper fire and landmines, bravely move along the streets as they clear the town and search for survivors.

Did you know?
•    Canadians played an active role in the Italian Campaign from its very beginning.
•    The 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade joined nearly
3,000 Allied ships and landing craft for the launch of "Operation Husky" in Sicily.
•    The successful invasion of Sicily contributed to the downfall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
•    In August 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canada's prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, in Québec where they discussed the upcoming invasion of the Italian mainland. The conference was nicknamed "Quadrant."
•    In 1944, following the arrival of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division in theatre, Canada's forces in Italy were re-organised into the 1st Canadian Corps; they were instrumental in piercing through the enemy's fortified Hitler Line and Gothic Line before being transferred to Northwestern Europe in 1945. 
•    The Victoria Cross was awarded to three members of the Canadian Army for their actions during the Italian Campaign.
•    The Italian Campaign was Canada's first full-scale ground operation in the Second World War. More than 92,000 Canadians played a vital role throughout the campaign—but at a cost of
26,000 casualties, including nearly 6,000 deaths.

Packaging:
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded diorama case with graphic beauty box.

Order your coin today!

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Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015)
 
4.5

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (37)

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    (11)

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    (3)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (45)
  • One of A kind (37)
  • Great quality (34)
  • Unique (34)
  • Good value (28)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (8)

Best Uses

  • Gift (31)
  • Special occasion (19)
  • Gift for child (10)
  • Holiday gift (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality driven (37), Budget shopper (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44), Yes (9)

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1.0

End of Italian Campaign Coin a Poor Design

By ED

from Ottawa

About Me Quality Driven

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Personalize
    • Poor Personalization
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

      The design of this coin looks like an amalgam of wartime or reconstructed images haphazardly pasted together. There are several details contained within this design that are not correct for the period being represented more importantly the perspective between the M4 Sherman and the background does not appear to be correct. In my opinion, this coin is a miss.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Fine Product

      By Ian

      from Perris, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Good Value
      • Great Quality
      • One Of A Kind

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

          Good product and well packed, speedy delivery.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          REALLY LIKED THIS EDITION, showed what happened

          By Shopper

          from Ontario Canada

          About Me Bargain Hunter

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Good Value

          Cons

          • Difficult To Personalize

          Best Uses

          • Gift For Adult
          • Special Occasion

          Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

          This coin ( set) was purchased as a gift ,,
          Wonderful, for a few reasons. the person likes History and certain happenings..
          Myself, I do not collect any coins..
          Therefore I waited for the reaction of receiver ------WOW, he was very happy, delighted and asking if similar were available.
          I think he would have like the coin(s) a little bigger and the words more defined .. but all and all , there were smiles by all

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          4.0

          I love it

          By coins' man

          from Edmonton,AB

          About Me Bargain Hunter, Quality Driven

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift For Adult
            • Gift For Child
            • Special Occasion

            Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

            I always loved war toys(not war)and I loved this coin.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Most innovative presentation ever...

            By Alamo 1836

            from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

            About Me Coin Collector, Military Historian

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Complete Presentation
            • Good Value
            • Great Quality
            • Historically Accurate
            • Honored The Veterans
            • Informative
            • One Of A Kind
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift For Adult
              • Gift For Child
              • Holiday Gift
              • Special Occasion
              • Veterans Their Children

              Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

              Who ever designed this product was a genius... The presentation case alone sold me on this coin. However, when you get out the magnifying glass out the detail of the coin is so expressive that you feel you are there. Can't wait to show this coin at my local coin club.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Excaptional Packaging

              By Jin the sailor

              from Bracebridge, Ontario

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Enhances The Coin It Disp
              • Good Value
              • Great Quality
              • One Of A Kind

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Addition To History Colle
                • Gift For Adult

                Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                As I try to round out my history collection this is a most useful coin. The packaging is very constructive.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Army tanks

                By Dictorian

                from Sarnia ON

                About Me Quality Driven

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Good Value
                • Great Quality
                • One Of A Kind
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift For Adult
                  • Holiday Gift

                  Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                  They were purchased for My Brothers. My father was in the tanks when they went into Italy. I am proud to be able to give this to them..

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  very satified

                  By Fatboy05

                  from Dauphin Manitoba Canada

                  About Me Quality Driven

                  Pros

                  • One Of A Kind

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • For my collection

                    Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                    My Grandfather fought in the Canadian Artillery at Cassino Italy

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Stunnung and emotional

                    By Aerocoins

                    from Montgomery, Alabama

                    About Me Bargain Hunter, Quality Driven

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Good Value
                    • One Of A Kind
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift For Adult
                      • Special Occasion

                      Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                      As an enthusiast collector of military numistimatics, thius combination of coin and display really drew my attention. It also helps that I am especially interested in the Italian Camaoign of WW II, which is usually overlooked for the Western Europe campaign and Normandy.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      3.0

                      Lest we forget

                      By Pete

                      from Niagara-on-the-Lake

                      About Me Quality Driven

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design

                      Cons

                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift For Adult
                      • Gift For Child

                      Comments about Limited Edition 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - 70th Anniversary of the End of the Italian Campaign - Mintage: 10000 (2015):

                      A beloved uncle was part of the campaign

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      Specifications

                      • No.144042
                      • Mintage10,000
                      • Composition99.99% pure silver
                      • Finishproof
                      • Weight (g) 31.39
                      • Diameter (mm) 38
                      • Edgeserrated
                      • Certificateserialized
                      • Face value20 dollars
                      • ArtistJoel Kimmel (reverse), T. H. Paget (obverse)