2015 $20 End of the Italian Campaign, 70th Anniversary - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932065697

Year: 2015

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In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, this intricately detailed limited edition coin offers a glimpse of the fierce fighting and tremendous peril faced by Canadian soldiers during the Allied invasion of Sicily and the Italian mainland. It is a humble tribute to Canada’s veterans of this campaign, whose hard-fought victories in places such as Ortona helped the Allied effort push past Nazi defenses. Mintage 10,000 coins. HST/GST exempt.

The Design:
The reverse image by Canadian illustrator Joel Kimmel recreates the sense of danger and the fierce fighting that awaited Canadian soldiers in the narrow streets of Italian towns such as Ortona during the winter of 1943. In the background, the crumbling remnants of stone buildings are indicative of the sheer destruction caused by combat that was often fought in close quarters. In the centre, a Canadian Sherman tank rumbles through the rubble-filled streets, causing dust to fill the air behind it. The tank is flanked by two Canadian soldiers who, despite the risk of sniper fire and landmines, bravely move along the streets as they clear the town and search for survivors.

Unique packaging features a paper diorama that recreates the battle-ravaged Italian villages and difficult fighting conditions that Canadians encountered during the bitterly fought Italian Campaign.

A beautiful collectible for commemorators, and a prestigious addition to any Canadian military- or history-themed collection.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2015

Diameter: 38mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.39 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.009 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Recreation of the danger and fighting that awaited Canadian soldiers in Italian towns such as Ortona during the winter of 1943
Artist: Joel Kimmel
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 10000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canada's Military

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