This 2017 $20 fine silver coin is the first coin of three in the Aircraft of the Second World War Series. The coin artistically creates a striking contrast using a near flawless proof finish and selective colour. The coin pays tribute to the Hawker Hurricane, which was flown by Canadian aircrew during the Battle of Britain. The coin weighs just over one ounce of pure silver, and has a limited mintage of 7,500 coins. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist David A. Oram features an engraved depiction of two Hawker Hurricanes patrolling the skies over Great Britain during the Battle of Britain, circa 1940. The design features an outstanding amount of detail, all painstakingly engraved and enhanced with the use of multiple finishes. In the background, a part in the cloud cover reveals the Thames Estuary below, where the fuel tanks and ships of a vital British shipping port are to be defended from airborne attacks by the German Luftwaffe. The selectively coloured Hurricane in the foreground bears the reporting marks of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) No. 1 Squadron, along with the identifier YO-A and the serial number P3069 that are associated with the aircraft flown by Squadron Leader Ernest Archibald McNab. This HurricaneÕs combat experience is evident in the markings and faded paint on its fuselage and wings, but does little to diminish the aircraftÕs overall colourful appearanceÑfrom its grey-green camouflage to the multi-coloured roundels on the wings and fuselage, along with the red, white and blue tail flash.
The coin is engraved with the word "CANADA," the date "2017" and the words "Hawker Hurricane". The back design features an effigy of King George VI, by T. H. Paget, as used on Canadian coins in the Second World War period.