2016 $20 First World War: Battlefront Series - The Somme Offensive - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932070608

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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The third coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's First World War: Battlefront series, which commemorates Canada's role in key battles of the First World War and depicts its soldiers in action on the battlefields of Europe.

The powerful reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Loates recreates a soldier's viewpoint in battle during the Somme Offensive of 1916. With bayonets fixed on their rifles, a Canadian battalion braves a constant barrage of artillery fire after going "over the top" of the trenches, as the soldiers valiantly charge across the chalky terrain towards enemy lines. To the left, a sergeant turns to face the viewer as he shouts encouragement and urges his men forward - including the viewer, who is pulled into the scene to gain a sense of the overwhelming uncertainty and danger that hung over these courageous soldiers who valiantly pressed on. Above, a ghostly image of a young Canadian soldier looks down upon the scene and serves as a moving reminder of the heavy casualties suffered in the Somme Offensive. In the centre, selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of "Victory", as it appeared on the Victory Medal that was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War. Adding to the historical accuracy of the coin, the obverse highlights the reigning monarch during the First World War with the effigy of King George V by sir E. B. MacKennal.

A uniquely artistic design pulls the viewer into the scene to recreate a first-person perspective as the soldiers push forward toward enemy lines.


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: Soldier's viewpoint in battle during the Somme Offensive of 1916
Artist: Glen Loates
Finish: Proof
Series: First World War: Battlefront Series
Quantity Produced: 10000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canada's Military

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