Artist Recreation of Richard Jack's painting The Taking of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday, 1917 (reverse), Sir E. B. MacKennal (obverse)
Your coin features a highly detailed, magnificently engraved recreation of the large-sized oil paintingThe Taking of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday, 1917. The coin's large diameter (76 mm) is the perfect canvas for such a detailed reproduction of this unforgettable work by Canada's first official war artist, Richard Jack. By focusing on a Canadian battery, the design captures the intensity of the heavy shelling directed towards enemy positions on Vimy Ridge, which forms the raised horizon in the background. The crew of the 18-pounder field gun work tirelessly and in unison as they pass shells to keep up the barrage—a fitting depiction of Canada's troops coming together to fight as one. Engraved overhead is the word "CANADA" above the commemoratives dates "1917-2017", while the face value "100 DOLLARS" is engraved beneath the soldiers' feet. The obverse features the effigy of King George V by Sir E. B. MacKennal, as used on Canadian coins in the First World War period.