May 8, 1945: After years of wartime sacrifices, the first opportunity to celebrate peace had finally come. News of the war’s end in Europe unleashed a wave of joy and relief that swept over both sides of the Atlantic, spilling into countries that Canada had helped liberate.
Inspired by the 1945 Victory nickel, a large “V” for Victory dominates the reverse design by artist Pandora Young. The crowd represents jubilation on the home front on May 8, 1945, a day when Canadians poured into streets and public places to celebrate Victory in Europe (V-E) Day. The spontaneous celebration gradually fades behind the “V” to become a scene of remembrance, with three silhouettes representing the different branches (navy, army and air force) of the Canadian and British Armed Forces in which Canadians and Newfoundlanders served. The obverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget and a Victory privy mark.
- Our flagship product sets the tone for a yearlong commemoration of a major anniversary in 2020: the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
- The end is the beginning: Your proof dollar is the starting point for a historical journey that spans several coins in 2020. It is the story of Canada leading up to V-E Day, of a nation’s contributions and its reaction to the end of the Second World War in Europe.
- We celebrate the end of the war in Europe. We remember the fallen. Every branch of the Canadian Armed Forces is represented in the three silhouettes on this coin.
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight: 23.17 g
Diameter: 36.07 mm
Face Value: $1
Artist: Pandora Young
Packaging: black clamshell with black beauty box with custom V-E Day sticker