2018 $20 FINE SILVER COIN A NATION’S METTLE: THE DIEPPE RAID
They are the brave; the heroic; the everyday Canadians who, over the course of nine terrible hours of fighting, would prove a nation’s mettle under a relentless hail of enemy fire. This fine silver coin reflects on the legacy of the Dieppe Raid as a lesson in heroism, sacrifice and remembrance, represented by those who lived it and the many who never returned.
Item Number: 168084
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight: 31.39 g
Diameter: 38 mm
Face Value: $20
Artist: Laurie McGaw
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with a black beauty box
- A special commemoration. The Dieppe Raid casts a long shadow on Canadian history. This special collectible is an act of remembrance honouring the Canadian combatants who landed on the beaches or flew in the skies over Dieppe on August 19, 1942.
- Honouring the legacy. Engraved in outstanding detail, the moving scene on the reverse steps onto the pebble beach where it all happened, and where a Canadian veteran takes a moment to salute the fallen who appear as a reflection in the water.
- Historical effigy. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI, as it appeared on all Canadian coins minted during the Second World War.
- A history-themed collectible or a very special gift that honours Canada’s combatants past and present, and remembers the legacy of those who served their country during a time of war.
Artist Laurie McGaw bridges the past and present with the poignant image of a Canadian veteran returning to the site of the 1942 landing at Dieppe, France. Standing at the water’s edge, the decorated veteran leans on his cane with his right arm raised in an open-palm salute. Prominently pinned on his blazer are two campaign stars — the 1939-45 Star and the France and Germany Star — alongside the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with the Dieppe Bar and the Overseas Bar, and the War Medal. Behind him are the alabaster cliffs that gave the enemy a commanding view of the beach below, where Canadians came ashore under heavy enemy fire. Reflected on the water’s surface, the appearance of Canadian soldiers standing at attention is an additional act of remembrance for Canada’s combatants, whose actions and sacrifice at Dieppe will not be forgotten. The reverse includes the words “THE DIEPPE RAID LE RAID SUR DIEPPE” engraved on a banner, along with the word “CANADA” and the year “2018”. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.