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Battle of Britain Silver Coin – Battlefront Series 1 oz. (2015)

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Battle of Britain Silver Coin – Battlefront Series 1 oz. (2015)

$92.95 CAD
Mintage: 10,000
STATUS:
Canada and US only

First coin in the new Second World War Battlefront series, order today!

"The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin..." – Sir Winston Churchill

By the summer of 1940, much of continental Europe was occupied by Nazi Germany, which had turned its sights across the English Channel to Great Britain. As a precursor to a possible invasion, the Luftwaffe began a series of aerial attacks on Britain's coastal defences in a battle for superiority in the skies. With this fine silver coin, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorates Canada's role in the Battle of Britain, which would prove to be one of the turning points of the Second World War.

A poignant commemoration of the contributions made by Canadian pilots and crew members during this pivotal chapter in the Second World War. Order yours today!

Special features:
•  EFFIGY OF KING GEORGE VI: Your coin features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.
•  First coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's commemorative Second World War Battlefront Series, which depicts scenes from key battles in which Canadians bravely participated during the Second World War.
•  Crafted of 99.99% pure silver, this coin is struck with fine details which showcase the Royal Canadian Mint's world-class artistry and skillful engraving.
•  A striking addition to any military or history-themed collection and a thoughtful gift for military-history enthusiasts.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few... All hearts go out to the fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day..." – Sir Winston Churchill

Your coin pays tribute to Canada's role in the Battle of Britain with its depiction of a dogfight in the skies above Dover. At the helm of a Hawker Hurricane, a Canadian fighter pilot ascends higher after firing upon a Dornier Do 17Z—the enemy plane has seemingly dropped in altitude as a trail of dark smoke billows up from one of its engines. Well below these fighter planes, the background recreates England's beautiful southeastern coast, where the waters of the English Channel meet the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

Never before has the fate of a nation depended on the outcome of a combat fought entirely in the air.

The Battle of Britain began on July 10, 1940, as Messerschmitts Bf 109s crossed into British airspace to strike shipping convoys and centres. Despite being outnumbered nearly 2 to 1, the Royal Air Force (RAF) had a key advantage throughout the ensuing attacks: a network of radar stations eliminated the possibility of any sneak attacks, which allowed for fighter squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires to scramble and intercept the enemy.

Canadian  pilots joined the series of short-range aerial combats, including members of the RAF's No. 242 "Canadian" Squadron and the RCAF's No. 1 Squadron, which  became the first Canadian unit to face enemy planes in a dogfight over Southern England on August 26, 1940.  Other Canadians played a role serving in RAF Bomber and Coastal Command squadrons. 

Daily raids continued; after unleashing heavy attacks upon RAF targets throughout August, the Luftwaffe broadened its targets in September to include a key civilian target: London. Still, the RAF resisted and in the face of mounting losses, Hitler postponed his planned invasion dubbed "Operation Sea Lion" and turned his attention to the East.  

On October 31, 1940, the Battle of Britain came to a close. Although the Luftwaffe would continue nighttime bombing raids until May 1941, it had suffered its first defeat by failing to disarm British defences during those pivotal three and a half months—all at the hands of the outnumbered yet resourceful Allied pilots.

Did you know…
•  The Royal Canadian Air Force was born on 1 April 1924.
•  In August 1939, the RCAF received delivery of its first Hawker Hurricane aircraft, the same type most Canadian pilots would fly during the Battle of Britain.
•  Roughly 232,000 men and 17,000 women enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War; sadly, over 17,000 would become casualties in the war.
•  Britain's aerial defences were in the hands of pilots flying Hawker Hurricanes, Supermarine Spitfires and Boulton Paul Defiants; it is these aircraft that would repel the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitts, Dornier Do 17s, Heinkel He 111s and Junker aircraft during the Battle of Britain.
•  With its higher top speed, the Supermarine Spitfire targeted high-flying fighter planes while the more numerous Hawker Hurricanes would pursue slower bombers; although the Spitfire has become associated with victory in the Battle of Britain, in fact it was the Hurricane squadrons that accounted for more enemy aircraft shot down.

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

Order your coin today!

Reviews

Nice coin!

5

My latest War-themed coin.

Allan

BC

Yes

beautiful coin

5

love the battle of Britain coin

carljohn

Kelowna BC

Yes

Fantastic tribute

5

As a long-time history buff, and a fan of the "under-dog", it is great to see the Hurricane receive the attention it deserves. The image on the coin is excellent; this caught my attention immediately. A more deserving tribute, both to the men who took part in the battle, and the planes in which they flew.

Bird

Victoria, BC

Yes

WW11 coin ....great art work

4

Great art work...better than US coins

Retired Pappy

Frisco ,Texas

Yes

5 Star coin

5

Beautiful coin and striking design on this one, looking forward to the rest of the series

Keeshond71

Calgary

Yes

Design of the coin got my attention.

5

I have always liked history and this coin is a look back on history. This was a gift to myself.

Bill

Etobicoke Ontario

Yes

Great Coin for the Plane Enthusiast

5

A great coin that not only pays tribute to the Battle of Britian, but is also is a great gift for anyone that has a love for planes and for history. I bought one as a gift for a pilot friend of mine and he absolutely loved the coin.

kpl164

Gastonia, NC

Yes

PRESENTATION CASE NEEDED

4

SUCH COINS ABOUT CANADIAN HISTORY SHOULD COME WITH A PRESENTATION CASE. WOULD ONLY ADD TO VALUE AND SHOWCASE THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINTS COINS.

TROOPER

CHATEAU

Yes

Nice coin

4

The graphics for this coin design are very striking.

Papalo

New York

Yes

Very impressed & great gift for brother

5

This coin is perfect for my brother in the U.K. as he is an ex R.A.F. guy and likes the coins I have sent him over the years. The Snowbirds were most impressive. Your designers do a wonderful job. Thank You

junsie

Newmarket, Ontario

Yes

Battle of Britain Silver Coin – Battlefront Series 1 oz. (2015)

4.5 23

100.0

why are some coins only 1 oz if silver others are 99.99% pure?

Jeannette

I am not sure I understand your question: "1 oz" refers to the coin weight, while "99.99%" refers to the metal purity.

Yudi (Product Team)

I see we can order the set of 3 or singular items. What is the difference or are they the same? The Italy one of the tank includes a box with a scene on it and a fold out battleground. Is this also included if I purchase the set of 3?

William

Hi William, Yes, if you order the 3-Coin Subscription - Allied Machines of the Second World War you will receive the special box for the tank coin.

Chad

I see this coin has a mintage 10000 , but it also sold in other sets of coins together , they also say mintage of 10000 for the set , so of the 3 different set that include this coin. Does that mean the total mintage is 30000 ??

Digupcoins

Hi Digupcoins, A maximum of 10,000 coins of the 'Battle of Britain Silver Coin - Battlefront Series 1 oz. (2015)' will be made. They are sold as part of coin subscriptions and as single coins.

Chad

What is the line between the between the bomber cockpit to the bottom of the fighter? Looks like a defect...anyone?

Buck

Hi Buck - great eye for detail! These lines are not a defect. The lines on the coin image are antenna; radio antenna, or as the British referred to them, radio aerials. They consisted of two parts, a metal rod called the aerial mast and a wire referred to as the aerial. The mast was commonly of metal but there were some made of wood. The mast, whether wood or metal, had no receptive capabilities; it was the aerial that did the work. The combination of these two was attached to the TR9 wireless set which was an HF radio fitted in the early versions of the Hurricane and Spitfire and was used during the Battle of Britain. The TR9 had both air-air and air-ground capabilities. For the Dornier DO-17, that is also the radio antenna. This aircraft used the FuG 10 radio set.

Anonymous

I noticed other silver coins in this series are advertised as "pure" silver whereas this particular issue is identified as "fine" silver. I know what pure silver is but what exactly is fine silver in terms of purity ? By the way, this in no way effects my opinion that the coin is one beautifully mastered piece. I just would like be clear on it's content. It is intended as a memorial gift for the grand children of a WWII combatant, RCAF bomber command.

Bri. (pronounced like "rye" with a "B")

This product contains 31.39 grams of 99.99% pure silver.

Anonymous

I was wondering at what frequency the subscription ships? I ordered the first one this year and was wondering when subsequent ones would be shipped and how we might know about it. Thank you.

KMcVie

The first coin ships right away. The second in March 2016 and then it's 2 per year until 2020 when the sub ends.

Specifications

  • No.142025
  • Mintage10,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistArdell Bourgeois (reverse), T. H. Paget (obverse)
Accessed November 19, 2017