2016 $20 First World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel - Pure Silver Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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On the morning of July 1, 1916, the 1st Newfoundland Regiment advanced upon enemy lines near the French village of Beaumont-Hamel; within a half-hour, all but 68 of the 801-man regiment were cut down by enemy fire during one of the costliest days of the First World War. This fine silver coin pays tribute to the brave soldiers who fought at the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel and honours the wartime contributions made by Newfoundland, which was then a Dominion of the British Empire.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Silvia Pecota poignantly conveys the bravery and tragedy of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel where on the morning of July 1, 1916, the soldiers of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment participated in the first ground attack of the Somme Offensive. In the foreground, a young soldier advances in formation across No Man's Land toward enemy lines. The battle-scarred terrain provides little protective cover for the soldiers, who are in full view of the enemy as they contend with the tangle of barbed wire defenses. The intensity of the artillery and machine gun fire that awaited the Newfoundlanders is evident throughout this intricately engraved scene, particularly in the foreground where the soldier assumes a slightly crouched stance while he courageously moves forward with his rifle and bayonet. In the background, the gnarled appearance of the "Danger Tree" is particularly symbolic as its remnants marked the spot where the Newfoundlanders would face the most intense fire, and where so many of them would fall. Selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of "Victory" as it appeared on the Victory Medal, which was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War.

A poignant, heartfelt tribute to the wartime contributions and sacrifice made by the people of Newfoundland during the First World War.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2016

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

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: First ground attack of the Somme Offensive
Artist: Silvia Pecota
Finish: Proof
Series: First World War Battlefront Series
Quantity Produced: 10000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canada's Military

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