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14-karat Gold Coin - 75th Anniversary of The Normandy Campaign: D-Day at Juno Beach - Mintage: 1,200 (2019)

14-karat Gold Coin - 75th Anniversary of The Normandy Campaign: D-Day at Juno Beach - Mintage: 1,200 (2019)

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Mintage: 1,200
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A footstep in time. A 14-Kt. tribute to those who came ashore on D-Day. Order today.

Stepping off the LCA, I plunged into action. It was a 45-metre dash through the cold surf just to reach the shore. Now, it’s a mad race across the open beach to reach the seawall. We’ve come under heavy fire every step of the way. But we’re doing the unthinkable here: we’re breaching the Atlantic Wall, like a giant wave crashing down on the occupying forces in Western Europe. Every new boot print in the sand is one step closer to victory…

The first step into battle takes incredible courage.

On June 6, 1944, 14,000 Canadians stepped forward and fought to secure a beachhead on an 8-km stretch of Normandy coast. Many fell before reaching the shore; still, the brave Canadians pushed on, advancing farther than any of the Allies and clearing the way for the invading forces that followed.

This powerful coin design honours the Canadian soldiers who landed on Juno Beach and helped secure an Allied foothold in Western Europe. Although their boot prints in the sand have long washed away, their imprint on history will endure forever.

The soldiers who landed in France on June 6, 1944, were indelibly marked by that event. But as they crossed the beach and began the liberation campaign in Northwest Europe, they left their own everlasting mark, symbolised here by the imprint of the soldier’s boot.

Dr. Stephen Harris, CD, PhD, Directorate of History and Heritage, Canadian Armed Forces

Your 14-karat gold coin is a tribute to those who came ashore on D-Day. Order today.

Special features:
  • BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED IN 14-KARAT GOLD: Your D-Day commemorative piece captures the moment Canadian soldiers set foot on Juno Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944.
  • A STIRRING IMAGE: With its image of a boot print in the sand, your coin captures the gilded essence of the landings on Juno Beach.
  • THE WAVE’S CONTOURS ECHO THE NORMANDY COASTLINE: Below the boot print, a wave laps at the shore, its contours echoing the Normandy coastline.
  • A FOOTSTEP THAT LED TO A FOOTHOLD: The boot print belongs to the young soldier featured on the 2019 proof dollar. Both coins are part of a year-long journey of remembrance; each one is a different chapter in the story of Canada in the Normandy Campaign.
  • EXCEPTIONAL REALISM: Innovative finishes mimic the granular nature of the sand and the reflective quality of the water.
  • REMEMBERING CANADA’S ROLE: Canadians played an important role on D-Day and throughout the Battle of Normandy. This is our way of honouring their legacy.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: Regardless of special packaging, the Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins!
  • A POIGNANT TRIBUTE: A treasured highlight of any military or history-themed collection, this superbly crafted piece will inspire pride in any veteran who receives it as a heartfelt gift or personal tribute.

Design:

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.

Did you know…
  • On D-Day, Canada’s 14,000 soldiers were part of the largest seaborne invasion in history which included an Allied assault force 150,000 strong.
  • Delayed by weather and a strong current, the first assault wave landed at 7:49 a.m. Infantry and armoured units continued to pour onto the increasingly congested beach as the enemy held its position. By 10 a.m., several beach exits were cleared and reserve battalions began moving in; and by 12 p.m., all units of the 3rd Canadian Division had come ashore.
  • Bullets rained down on the infantry as they waded through the water, but more dangers awaited them on land. Obstacles, hidden mines and machine gun fire made for a harrowing race across 200 metres of open beach. And behind the seawall were concrete bunkers, machine gun nests, anti-tank guns and pillboxes.
  • Sherman DD tanks joined the assault troops in overrunning defensive strongpoints. Armed with small arms and grenades, some troops even engaged in hand-to-hand combat in their attempt to clear the beach.

Packaging:

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

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Specifications

  • No.170318
  • Mintage1,200
  • Composition14-karat gold
  • Finishreverse proof
  • Weight (g) 12
  • Diameter (mm) 27
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value100 dollars
  • ArtistGlen Loates (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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