2017 $20 FINE SILVER COIN - CANADIAN HONOURS 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CROSS OF VALOUR
It signifies a nation’s recognition of an exceptional act of bravery. Established in 1972, the Cross of Valour is the highest of Canada’s Decorations for Bravery, and the highest honour for individuals whose selfless actions are defined as “acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.” This fine silver coin pays tribute to the 45-year history of this insignia and its honoured recipients.
Item Number: 162045
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.83
Diameter (mm): 40
Face Value: $20
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- FOURTH coin in a series honouring key anniversaries for some of the highest honours within the Canadian Honours System.
- A unique commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Cross of Valour, and a profound tribute to its recipients.
- Beautifully crafted in 1 oz of 99.99% fine silver. This large (40 mm) coin combines precision engraving with a complex colour application, and all in a proof finish that makes this a stunning collectible.
- An exquisite reproduction, an exclusive opportunity. This marks the first time the rarely awarded Cross of Valour insignia has appeared on a coin.
- The perfect addition to any history-themed collection, and a unique way of paying tribute to those whose actions reflect outstanding bravery.
The reverse features a detailed reproduction of the Cross of Valour, as originally designed by the late Bruce W. Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D. Since its creation in 1972, the gold-edged cross with four equal limbs is synonymous with “valour”, as inscribed on the reverse of the authentic insignia; on the coin’s reverse, the insignia’s distinctive colour is replicated by the application of red and gold translucent paint over the engraved stylized pattern. At its centre lies the gold version of the motif common to all three Canadian Decorations for Bravery: a maple leaf surrounded by a laurel wreath. The reverse includes the engraved commemorative dates “1972” and “2017”, as well as the word “CANADA”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt.