2019 Canada 1 oz Silver $20 Give Peace a Chance: John Lennon

2019 Canada 1 oz Silver $20 Give Peace a Chance: John Lennon

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Give Peace a Chance, the powerful anti-war anthem was created in Canada during John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In for Peace held in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel in May/June 1969.

Forever etched in our collective memory, the world-famous event is now engraved in a pure Silver collectible to mark its 50th anniversary.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
  • Comes in a maroon clamshell with a graphic outer box.
  • Low limited mintage of 9,999 coins.
  • Obverse: Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Reverse: Features Ivor Sharp's famous 1969 photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their 8-day Bed-in for Peace in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Sharp captured the famous couple in an all-white setting surrounded by handwritten messages of peace — including one in French. The design portrays John and Yoko in black and white on an engraved coin.

Revisit a time when a cry for peace sparked a revolution that changed the world. Add this brilliant Silver Give Peace a Chance coin to your cart today!

The year is 1969. The raging wars in Vietnam and Biafra are fanning the ever-growing anti-war sentiment. The counter-culture rises against violence. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, one of rock & rolls most celebrated couples, yearn to spread their message of peace. A simple plea will not suffice; The couple launches a "Bed-in for Peace". The first session takes place in Amsterdam, and the second session comes to Canada and the now iconic room 1742 (as well as rooms 1738 and 1740) in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. From May 26th to June 2nd, 1969, the emblematic couple forever marks Canadian history, as they lay in their Montreal white-sheeted bed in white pajamas. Surrounded by public eyes, lenses, and microphones, they share their idealism of a peaceful world. "Just give peace a chance!” proclaims Lennon spontaneously, coining what would become the rallying cry of the US anti-war movement of the 1970s.

June 1st and 2nd 1969: Lennon shoulders his guitar and invites friends to sing along to Give Peace a Chance, inspired and written in his Montreal bed. Canadian music producer Andre Perry records the song with 4 microphones and a 4-track tape recorder. Perry captures the sounds amidst a roomful of friends. Among them, Tommy of Smothers Brothers shares acoustic guitar credits with Lennon on the legendary track. Other friends including Beat poet and activist Allan Ginsberg, Dr, Timothy Leary, and bilingual British pop singer, Petula Clark join Canadian chapter of Radha Krishna Temple on vocals, drums, and finger cymbals. And just like that, in a single take, music and Canadian history was made. In a bed. In a room. In Montreal's vibrant urban center, where and when everything was possible. 50 years later, the famous words still resonate.

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