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2016 $20 FINE SILVER COIN - FIRST WORLD WAR: BATTLEFRONT SERIES - THE SOMME OFFENSIVE

$109.95

2016 $20 FINE SILVER COIN - FIRST WORLD WAR: BATTLEFRONT SERIES - THE SOMME OFFENSIVE

$109.95
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From July 1 to November 18, 1916, the Somme river valley in Northern France became the site of one of history’s costliest battles. Amid the fierce trench warfare that amounted to staggering casualties, the soldiers of the Canadian Corps distinguished themselves with unforgettable valour, tenacity and tremendous sacrifice during the Somme Offensive, as poignantly commemorated on this fine silver coin.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: 
SRP: $109.95
Composition:99.99% pure silver
Mintage: 10,000
Weight (g)*: 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof with selective gold plating
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Glen Loates
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with custom beauty box

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • The third coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s First World War: Battlefront series, which commemorates Canada’s role in key battles of the First World War and depicts its soldiers in action on the battlefields of Europe.
  • A fine silver with selective gold plating that recreates the winged figure of “Victory” from the Victory Medal, which was awarded in 1919 to all ranks of the Allied forces who served in the First World War.
  • A poignant and heartfelt tribute to the soldiers of the Canadian Corps for their bravery and sacrifice during this important battle of the First World War.
  • Attention to historical accuracy, detailed engraving and beautiful finishing techniques combine to create a stunning coin that showcases the renowned artistry and skilful craftsmanship of the Royal Canadian Mint.
  • A uniquely artistic design pulls the viewer into the scene to recreate a first-person perspective as the soldiers push forward toward enemy lines.

DESIGN:
The powerful reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Loates recreates a soldier’s viewpoint in battle during the Somme Offensive of 1916. With bayonets fixed on their rifles, a Canadian battalion braves a constant barrage of artillery fire after going “over the top” of the trenches, as the soldiers valiantly charge across the chalky terrain towards enemy lines. To the left, a sergeant turns to face the viewer as he shouts encouragement and urges his men forward – including the viewer, who is pulled into the scene to gain a sense of the overwhelming uncertainty and danger that hung over these courageous soldiers who valiantly pressed on. Above, a ghostly image of a young Canadian soldier looks down upon the scene and serves as a moving reminder of the heavy casualties suffered in the Somme Offensive. In the centre, selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of “Victory,” as it appeared on the Victory Medal that was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War. Adding to the historical accuracy of the coin, the obverse highlights the reigning monarch during the First World War with the effigy of King George V by sir E. B. MacKennal.

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