A life saved is a bond forged. This selectively coloured coin shows the Liberation of the Netherlands from the perspective of those who lived it. Beneath the repeating “V” (for Victory) in Morse code, its depiction of a gift of tulips serves as a tribute to the people of the Netherlands and to the First Canadian Army, which was cast in the role of liberator in 1945.
Designed by Joel Kimmel, the reverse uses selective colour to highlight a warm exchange between a soldier of the First Canadian Army and a Dutch civilian during the Liberation of the Netherlands (1945). The woman offers a gift of tulips to the Canadian infantry soldier, who is happy to see a friendly face. In the engraved background, a small crowd has gathered to cheer and wave at the Canadians as they travel along a canal street. The top features a repeating “V” for Victory in Morse code above the words “CANADA 10 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget and a Victory privy mark.
- THE TIES BETWEEN TWO NATIONS: This coin pays tribute to the Canadian Army and to the people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a celebration of the special friendship between our two nations and the close ties forged in war.
- CONTINUING FROM THE 2020 PROOF DOLLAR: This is the same soldier who appears as the middle silhouette on the 2020 Proof Dollar. Like a flashback, this design presents the Liberation of the Netherlands from the perspective of those who lived it. And the story continues on the 2020 Battlefront Series coin…
- MORSE CODE: The dots and dashes at the top of the reverse design is a repeating “V” for Victory in Morse code.
- A VICTORY PRIVY MARK: All coins in our 2020 75th Anniversary of V-E Day collection—including this one—feature a special privy mark that was inspired by the 1945 Victory nickel design. (An updated version of Canada’s historic 5-cent coin is available as part of the 2020 Proof Dollar Set.)
- SELECTIVE COLOUR: Selective colour adds warmth to the exchange between the soldier and the civilian. It conveys hope, relief and new beginnings.
- INSPIRED BY THE 2019 PROOF DOLLAR: In contrast to the 2019 Proof Dollar, this Canadian soldier looks over his shoulder and smiles at the welcome he has received. He does not know it yet but his homecoming is a not-so-distant possibility.
- HISTORIC OBVERSE: Another collection-wide feature is the obverse design, which features the effigy of the reigning monarch in 1945.
- 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN: NO GST/HST.
- Mintage 100,000
- Composition 99.99% pure silver
- Finish specimen
- Weight (g) 15.87
- Diameter (mm) 34
- Edge serrated
- Certificate n/a
- Face value 10 dollars
- Artist Joel Kimmel (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)