Canada 2017 Battle of Dieppe $20 Silver Coin - Dieppe coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has crafted a silver collector coin marking the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, where brave Canadian troops suffered heavy losses in Canada’s first army combat mission of the Second World War. In remembrance of this unforgettable chapter in Canadian military history, on May 25 the Mint presented a framed version of this coin to the Moncton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, joined Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors member Kirk MacRae in making this official presentation.

“Seventy-five years ago, soldiers from across Canada fought bravely and selflessly at Dieppe and paid a steep price in boldly attempting to breach enemy defenses in Canada’s first army offensive of the Second World War,” said Ms. Ginette Petitpas Taylor. “The costly experience of Dieppe ultimately helped Canada and its Allies achieve success in later operations, including the D-Day offensive, and I am thankful that the Mint’s new coin will permanently remind us that their sacrifices were not made in vain.”

“The Mint’s profound respect and admiration for the resolve and sacrifice of Canada’s veterans and active troops shines bright in the many coins we continue to produce in honor of their exceptional service,” said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “We are proud to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in our own unique way and hope that this silver coin will help preserve the memory of our soldiers who fought for Canada and its values on that fateful day.”

“It is important to remember the sacrifices that our soldiers made during the Battle of Dieppe 75 years ago,” said Christina Alward, Executive Director, New Brunswick Command of the Royal Canadian Legion. “Today we honor their service and achievements as this commemorative coin is released and we must ensure that their memory lives on.”

For the reverse design of this coin, Canadian artist Alan Daniel created a dramatic first-person perspective of the turmoil and danger through which our troops pressed on during the ill-fated amphibian raid on the enemy-occupied port of Dieppe, France. The image of a Canadian soldier urging his comrades to advance towards the heavily-fortified Casino evokes the courage and determination of the Canadians who answered the call of duty despite insurmountable odds. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of King George VI, Canada’s reigning monarch throughout the Second World War.

The 2017 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Second World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Dieppe has a limited mintage of 7,500 and retails for $92.95. It has been available for purchase since March 7, 2017 by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. The coin is also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

 


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Royal Canadian Mint did unveil the coin at the Royal Canadian Legion 6 Moncton NB as stated. However, the rest of the story leaves all of us at a loss for words. It is our understanding that the Mint secretly booked a room at the Legion for an event. On the appointed date and at the last minute invited guests to attend the unavailing of what we thought was going to be a new commemorative coin depicting the “Dieppe Raid” When the coin was unveiled, the whole room was astounded to discover that the coin erroneously depicted the “Dieppe Raid” as a Battle… Following the gathering, we asked many of those in attendance if the Mint advised them in advance what the presentation was and no one we spoke to knew. It is our opinion that the Mint knew in advance that the coin was a mistake and subversively tricked almost all of us in attendance into being part of the unveiling when in fact it was secret until the unveiling. The Royal Canadian Mint needs to apologize to all who were present and withdraw the notation that somehow by trickery those who attended were part of the official presentation. We know for sure that the Legion and the Dieppe Military Veterans members present were very surprised. The Royal Canadian Mint needs to recall the coin and make a formal apology to all.

  2. Hello Keith:
    I strongly agree with your comments and I think the veterans were all duped by the Mint. In my opinion I also agree the Mint should apologise to all the veterans regardless of where they served or the length of service and in order to regain the trust of the veterans the coin should be redone and a proper unveiling take place in Dieppe, New Brunswick at the Dieppe Cenotaph which is dedicated to the men who made the sacrifice to gain information from the enemy with a terrible loss of life (913) on that fateful day or shortly after from wounds inflicted on that day.

    Keep up the good work Keith

  3. Obviously “deceit” was the cheaper route to take. The correction to turn “Battle” to “Raid” is probably to much for the Mint to take on so they’d rather just let a few vets roar and eventually the noise will subside.
    I’m not surprised the governments of the day take the same approach.
    VVV
    Keith

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