2017 Aircraft of the Second World War Avro Anson 1oz Silver



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2017 Aircraft of the Second World War Avro Anson 1oz Silver

If the First World War introduced the concept of aerial combat, then the Second World War cemented its status as one of the defining elements of modern warfare. Rapid advancement in aircraft technology produced the aluminum-clad bombers, cargo planes and jet-powered aircraft that gradually replaced the wooden-framed and fabric-clad biplanes of the Great War. Aircraft carriers allowed planes to extend their reach farther than ever before, while a new technology—radar—bolstered defensive and offensive strategies in the skies.

The Aircraft of the Second World War series salutes three of the most iconic aircraft flown between 1939 and 1945. Whether used to defend the homeland, in combat overseas or as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan here in Canada, these aircraft are remembered as important symbols of Canadian valour and sacrifice.


  • Coin Metal: 9999 pure silver
  • Coin Weight: 1oz (31.83g)
  • Coin Finish: Proof
  • Coin Denomination: $20
  • Year of Issue: 2017
  • Coin Mintage: 7,500
  • Country of Issue: Canada
  • Diameter: 40mm

Reverse Design

The Hawker Hurricane: Designed by Canadian artist David A. Oram, the first coin in your subscription features an engraved depiction of two Hawker Hurricanes patrolling the skies over Great Britain during the Battle of Britain, circa 1940. The design features an outstanding amount of detail, all painstakingly engraved and enhanced with the use of multiple finishes. In the background, a part in the cloud cover reveals the Thames Estuary below, where the fuel tanks and ships of a vital British shipping port are to be defended from airborne attacks by the German Luftwaffe. The selectively coloured Hurricane in the foreground bears the reporting marks of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) No. 1 Squadron, along with the identifier YO-A and the serial number P3069 that are associated with the aircraft flown by Squadron Leader Ernest Archibald McNab. This Hurricane’s combat experience is evident in the markings and faded paint on its fuselage and wings, but does little to diminish the aircraft’s overall colourful appearance—from its grey-green camouflage to the multi-coloured roundels on the wings and fuselage, along with the red, white and blue tail flash.

The Avro Anson: Nicknamed “Faithful Annie”, the Avro Anson was reputed for its stability and rugged reliability. Its wartime production fuelled Canada’s aircraft manufacturing industry, but its most significant role was arguably as the twin-engine aircraft of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). Designed by Canadian artist David A. Oram, your coin features an engraved depiction of an Avro Anson in one of its many roles during the war. The legendary aircraft is brought to life once more by an outstanding amount of detailed engraving, all skillfully enhanced by the use of multiple finishes that convey the intensity of the situation, as it flies over a convoy of ships at sea.

Obverse Design

FEATURES THE EFFIGY OF KING GEORGE VI! Attention to historical accuracy extends to the use of the effigy of King George VI on the obverse of your coin, as it appeared on Canadian coins issued during the Second World


Your coin is packaged in a standard clamshell case and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Non European Union Buyers

All pricing includes Euro Zone VAT (sales tax) of 20%. If you reside outside of the Euro Zone VAT will be deducted once your full shipping address is entered into the checkout page. Non-European Union Price is £68.33. Please see here for regions we ship to outside of the UK


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