The Royal Canadian Mint has released a new 10 oz fine silver coin featuring the famous portrait image of Winston Churchill by the legendary Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh.

The reverse of the new coin portrays a reproduction of the “Roaring Lion” by the Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh, C.C. (1908-2002).

Taken on December 30, 1941, in the House of Commons during the British prime minister’s visit to Ottawa, the original "roaring lion" in black-and-white photograph is the most famous portrait of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

His visit, which took place a few days after the infamous attack against Pearl Harbor, aimed to rally support for the war effort. This portrait immortalized Churchill’s resolve, even in the darkest days of the Second World War. To get his shot, Karsh had boldly plucked the cigar from the statesman’s mouth. The defiant stare gave way to an amused smile, and Churchill praised the photographer: “you can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.”

The reverse also includes the monetary denomination of the coin, 100 dollars, along with the inscription “Canada”.

The obverse displays an effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.

This coin is struck from 10 ounces of highly pure 99.99 silver. It has a limited mintage of 700 pieces.