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Canada 2018 World War II Battlefront Series #5 - Battle of the Atlantic - Nazi U-Boat U-305 Submarine vs. Destroyer HMCS St. Croix and B-24 Liberator Long-Range Bomber - King George VI Second World War $20 Pure Silver Proof L05

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Get the fifth release in this popular military series: World War II Battlefront! Nazi U-Boat U-305 stalks destroyer HMCS St. Croix while being harassed by a B-24 Liberator long range patrol bomber on this pure silver, military proof!

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Second World War, Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the military-themed World War II Battlefront Series! Each one troy ounce, pure silver proof coin highlights a specific battle during the years 1939 to 1945, when the entire globe was locked in the mortal struggle of freedom versus tyranny. The reverse of each coin replicates the original portrait of King George VI, the wartime monarch during World War II, as found on found on Canadian coinage of the era.

    #1 - Battle of Britain, 1940
    #2 - Battle of Hong Kong, 1941
    #3 - Raid on Dieppe, 1942
    #4 - Strategic Bombing Campaign, 1939-1945
    #5 - Battle of the Atlantic - 1939-1945

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The fifth coin in the WWII Battlefront Seriesdepicts the critical Battle of the Atlantic, that pitted Nazi U-boats, planes, surface warships and commerce raiders against American, British and Canadian merchant marines and maritime forces in the frigid North Atlantic.

During World War II'sBattle of the Atlantic (1939-1945), Canada and its rapidly expanding fleet of aircraft and ships were on the front lines, shepherding vital convoys through waters fraught with danger from above and below. After periods of devastating losses, an Allied offensive in May 1943 dealt a significant blow to the U-boat fleet in the North Atlantic. On the 75th anniversary of this pivotal year, the fifth coin in our Battlefront Series reflects on the hardships endured by thousands of Canadians who served in the longest continuous campaign of the Second World War.

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An Intricate and Original Work of Military Art
The meticulously detailed design by Canadian artist Neil Hamelin captures the intensity of the Battle of the Atlantic and conveys a real sense of the dangers faced by those who sailed the seas between 1939 and 1945 during World War II.

Split between an above-water and an underwater perspective, the ominous scene recreates the moments before the tragic sinking of HMCS St. Croix on September 20, 1943. In the skies overhead, a B-24 Liberator is representative of the Very Long Range (VLR) anti-submarine aircraft that provided air support and helped turn the tide of war in the mid-Atlantic. Bearing the markings of Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron 10, the aircraft patrols the waters south of Greenland and Iceland, where it has signaled the presence of a U-boat to St. Croix.

From beneath the rolling waves, U-305 surfaces to periscope depth and spies St. Croix sailing towards them bow on, a trail of smoke emitted by its exhaust stacks. The Royal Canadian Navy destroyer has pulled away from escorting the ONS-18/ON-202 convoy to investigate the potential threat. U-305 would waste little time in firing GNATs (German Navy Acoustic Torpedoes) that would strike the St. Croix’s aft, and another later on that would cause the ship to sink in just three minutes.

Sadly, from a complement of 143 crew members and 10 officers, just 81 survivors of St. Croix were rescued by HMC Itchen, which was herself sunk by a U-boat just three days later.

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Technology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse

Canada 2015 WWII Battlefront - Battle of Britain Silver in BoxThe meticulously detailed design by Canadian artist Neil Hamelin captures the intensity of the Battle of the Atlantic and conveys a real sense of the dangers faced by those who sailed the seas between 1939 and 1945 during World War II. The dates 1939-1945 and 2018 mark the anniversary. The denomination is also indicated.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a fully illustrated outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit      7,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Neil Hamelin
Certificate Individually Numbered

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