This 2015 $20 fine silver coin is the third in the series reflecting on war’s impact in Canada. Commencing on December 17, 1939, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) put Canada at the forefront of one of history’s largest multinational aviation training programs. During the Second World War, over 130,000 air crew members from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and other allied countries trained as pilots, radio operators, gunners, crew members and flight engineers in facilities across Canada. Mintage of this coin is limited to just 7,500 pieces. HST/GST exempt.
This coin features a de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth biplane, which was used as a basic trainer for would-be pilots training in Canada during the Second World War. Here, the two-place, fixed-wing aircraft flies above the communities of southern Ontario, as outlined by the engraved map in the background. Below our two flyers is an overhead view of the No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) in Malton, Ontario, which illustrates the layout of this BCATP training facility and runways.
The obverse of the coin features an effigy of King George VI who was the reigning monarch during WWII. This coin is engraved with the word "CANADA," the date "2016”. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.