The Royal Canadian Mint has served up a new ‘toonie’ to commemorate the soldiers who landed at Normandy France 75 years ago to begin the liberation of western Europe.
“Canadians proudly uphold the tradition of remembrance so that we may never forget the sacrifices of our veterans in defending our freedoms and values. By issuing a circulation coin honouring the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Mint is helping all of us remember brave Canadians who risked everything, or made the ultimate sacrifice, so that the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 could succeed and help end the Second World War.”– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. “
The gold centrepiece features three soldiers peering from their landing craft, while the outer ring has engravings of ships and aircraft.
Designed by Canadian artist Alan Daniel, the reverse of the coin conveys the anticipation of Canadian soldiers approaching Juno Beach, Normandy on June 6, 1944. The gold centrepiece of the coin shows three soldiers peering from their landing craft. On the outer ring, engravings of ships and aircraft illustrate the massive air and naval operation which supported the troops taking part in the largest seaborne invasion in military history. D-DAY/LE JOUR J is engraved above the soldiers’ helmets.
At the bottom, the words REMEMBER/SOUVENIR appear on either side of the coin’s 2019 date.