The Royal Canadian Mint introduced a $20 silver coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. The allied attach on the German-occupied port of Dieppe resulted in heavy losses, and was Canada’s first army combat mission of the Second World War.
In remembrance of this unforgettable chapter in Canadian military history, the Mint on Thursday presented a framed version of the coin to the Moncton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, joined Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors member Kirk MacRae in making this official presentation.
"The Mint’s profound respect and admiration for the resolve and sacrifice of Canada’s veterans and active troops shines bright in the many coins we continue to produce in honour of their exceptional service," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "We are proud to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in our own unique way and hope that this silver coin will help preserve the memory of our soldiers who fought for Canada and its values on that fateful day."
Designed by Canadian artist Alan Daniel, reverses depict a dramatic first-person perspective of the turmoil and danger through which troops pressed on during the ill-fated amphibian raid on the enemy-occupied port of Dieppe, France
"The image of a Canadian soldier urging his comrades to advance towards the heavily-fortified Casino evokes the courage and determination of the Canadians who answered the call of duty despite insurmountable odds," the Mint describes.
Reverse lettering includes THE BATTLE OF DIEPPE, LA BATAILLE DE DIEPPE, 1942, CANADA, 2017 and AD for the artist’s initials.
Obverses offer the Thomas Humphrey Paget effigy of King George VI, Canada’s reigning monarch throughout the Second World War. Surrounding the portrait are GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP:, 20 DOLLARS, and HP for the artist’s initials.
Royal Canadian Mint-provided coin specifications include:
- Mintage: 7,500
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Finish: proof
- Weight (g): 31.39
- Diameter (mm): 38
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 20 dollars
- Reverse Artist: Alan Daniel
- Obverse Artist: T. H. Paget
Priced at CAD $92.95, or about US $69, the collector coin is available from the Royal Canadian website. A link to the coin’s product page is right here.