May 8, 1945: After years of wartime sacrifices, the first opportunity to celebrate peace had finally come. News of the war's end in Europe unleashed a wave of joy and relief that swept over both sides of the Atlantic, spilling into countries that Canada had helped liberate.
“What a celebration! People were cheering, some were standing numb, some were hugging, tears coming down their faces and people crying. The war was over!”
Clarence Mitchell, Royal Canadian Navy
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g) 23.17
Diameter (mm) 36.07
Face value 1 dollar
Artist Pandora Young (reverse), T. H. Paget (obverse)