20 dollars - Commemorating Black History: The Underground Railroad
Designed by Canadian artist Kwame Delfish, your coin's reverse is an ode to the "Gospel Train" or Underground Railroad, the pathway to freedom for enslaved people of African descent in the 19th century. The placement of men, women and children along the coin's edge creates a sense of circular motion to represent a long, continuous journey. The tall trees and rocky terrain are a reminder of some of the challenges they faced in the wilderness, where they often battled the elements while avoiding capture. Travelling at night, these freedom seekers are guided by the Big Dipper appearing in the night sky, where the stars directed them north to freedom and a new life in "CANADA". The obverse features a maple leaf pattern, the year "2022", a denomination of "20 DOLLARS" and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.