The Royal Canadian Mint has released a one-ounce highly pure silver coin to mark the 50th anniversary of the anti-war anthem “Give peace a chance”. This powerful anthem was created in Canada during John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In for Peace held in Montréal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel in May/June 1969.

This collectible coin aims to further engrave this already unforgettable event into the memory.

The reverse of the coin features Ivor Sharp's famous 1969 photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their 8-day Bed-in for Peace in Montréal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Sharp captured John and Yoko in an all-white setting surrounded by handwritten messages of peace — including one in French.

The reverse also includes the monetary denomination of the coin, 20 dollars. The design portrays John and Yoko in black and white on an engraved coin.

The obverse displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The new coin is struck in 99.99 pure silver. It has a limited mintage of 9999 coins. 

“Give Peace a Chance” is the most powerful anti-war anthem recorded in the Montréal hotel room hit #14 on Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on British Singles Chart. The song has a strong impact on the people as 5 months later, 1/2M anti-war demonstrators sang the song in unison on Moratorium Day in Washington, DC. The song was the 1st solo single by John Lennon.'

Source: Royal Canadian Mint