The Battle of Hong Kong – Royal Canadian Mint

This new coin for The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the bravery of the Canadian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong (December 8-25, 1941). The battle took place on the rugged jungle terrain of Hong Kong Island. The Canadians were extremely outnumbered but fought off the Japanese invasion as long as they could until they surrendered on Christmas day. Canadian casualties numbered 290 killed and 493 wounded, but many more would suffer as Prisoners of War.

In this coin I have depicted two Canadian soldiers in Pacific uniforms, running towards the enemy at the Wong Nai Chung Gap. They pass a pillbox in the background, running by the cliffs that fall down to the bay. A Mitsubishi Zero plane is hit and falls, smoking on the way down. Battleships move through the bay and the city is visible on the distant shore below the mountains.

I illustrated this in a square format to allow for the image to be used on the coin and on the packaging (bottom). It’s always an honour to design a coin that commemorates a historical event and celebrates our Canadian soldiers. The coin is available here.

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From my original drawing to the final coin

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The talented engravers at the Mint can include so much detail in a small space

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