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Limited-edition toonie celebrates Allied Victory

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:09 PDT, Wed September 2, 2020

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a $2 circulation coin celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and the Canadians who defeated enemies of freedom after six long years of service on the battlefield and on the home front. Symbolic of that heroic accomplishment, a “V” for victory figures prominently on this new commemorative coin unveiled today on the Mint’s YouTube channel. 

“For nearly six years, Canadians serving in uniform or chipping in at home played a vital role in achieving a hard-won peace,” said Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “The Royal Canadian Mint’s circulation coin issued on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is a fitting tribute to their legacy of bravery, of service, and of tremendous sacrifice. They have our enduring thanks, and I hope we can all live up to that legacy as this coin changes hands from one generation to the next.” 

“The Royal Canadian Mint’s tradition of honouring our troops through coins goes all the way back to 1943, when Chief Engraver Thomas Shingles created the first Victory Nickel that called on all Canadians to work together to win the Second World War,” said Marie Lemay, the Mint’s president and CEO.

The $2 circulation coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is inspired by the 1943-45 Victory Nickels designed by Thomas Shingles. The “V” for Victory on the inner core of the new toonie was, at the time, a rallying call to support the war effort from coast to coast to coast. The letter is overlaid with a flaming torch and flanked by maple leaves over the dates 1945 and 2020. 

The words VICTORY and VICTOIRE appear on the outer ring, as does a message engraved in Morse code. “We win when we work willingly” and “La bonne volonté est gage de victoire” first appeared on wartime Victory Nickels. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003. 

Limited to a mintage of three million coins, two million will feature colour.

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