2016 $20 Aircraft of the First World War Series: The Sopwith Triplane - Pure Silver Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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Aircraft technology was barely a decade old when the First World War began in 1914, but the needs of warfare quickly fuelled incredible advancements in aviation. This fine silver coin pays tribute to the aerobatic Sopwith Triplane, and the Canadians who famously piloted it over the Western Front between May and August 1917.

The reverse design by Canadian artist David A. Oram features a detailed, engraved depiction of two Sopwith Triplanes flying above the Messines Ridge in June 1917. The use of selective colour recreates the distinctive appearance of the Black Maria flown by Flt. Lt. Raymond Collishaw of Nanaimo, B.C., while at rear is the engraved depiction of the Black Roger flown by Flt. S. Lt. Ellis Vair Reid of Belleville, Ont. The Sopwith TriplaneÕs reputation for exceptional manoeuvrability is on display as the Black Maria completes a sharp turn; this allows for a closer view of the planeÕs markings, wing construction, even its .303-caliber Vickers machine gun atop the fuselage. The parting of the clouds reveals the tragic devastation of the Ypres area below, where there is little left of the village of Passchendaele save for the ruins of its church and the road that curves through the blast-scarred fields.

Sure to be treasured by collectors and aviation enthusiasts for its artistic merit and historical theme, this striking coin is also a deeply meaningful gift for those whose loved ones proudly served their country abroad, whether on land or in the air.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2016

Diameter: 40mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Bullion Weight: 1.023Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Two Sopwith Triplanes above Messines Ridge, 1917
Artist: David A. Oram
Finish: Proof
Series: Aircraft of the First World War
Quantity Produced: 7500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canada's Military

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