Its squadrons defended the home front. Its personnel trained more than 131,000 aircrew from Canada and other Commonwealth air forces. And its members played key roles in operational missions that continued after V-E Day. This 14-karat gold coin salutes the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and its Women’s Division (WD) as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. The superbly detailed design features our saluting airman from the 2020 Proof Dollar. And while the news of the Allied victory (represented by a large “V”) is met with relief, the Spitfire reminds us that the end of the war in Europe marked the start of a new chapter: the gradual transition to peace.
The reverse design by artist Laurie McGaw is a V-E Day salute to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Against a “V” for Victory backdrop, a wing commander is flanked by a pilot on his right and a waving member of the RCAF Women’s Division on his left. The pilot flashes a Victory hand gesture and the commander raises his hand to salute as a Spitfire flies overhead. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget and a Victory privy mark.
- A tribute to Canada’s legacy in the air. Our story continues! This magnificent 14-karat gold tribute to the Royal Canadian Air Force is part of our 2020 V-E Day Collection—your definitive V-E Day collection. Collect them all to complete the story.
- Chapter 2: While the Proof Dollar celebrates the wartime contributions of all Canadians, this piece focuses on an important part of Canada’s V-E Day story: the RCAF’s role in events that led to V-E Day and in the months that followed.
- A Victory privy mark: Every coin in our 2020 V-E Day collection — including this 14-karat gold coin — is distinguished by a special privy mark, which was inspired by the 1945 Victory Nickel.
Composition: 14-karat gold
Weight: 12 g
Diameter: 27 mm
Face Value: $100
Artist: Laurie McGaw
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