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2020 Canada $20 Black History Month: Willie O'Ree Fine Silver Coin (No Tax)

2020 Canada $20 Black History Month: Willie O'Ree Fine Silver Coin (No Tax)
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2020 Canada $20 Black History Month: Willie O'Ree Fine Silver Coin (No Tax)

When Willie O'Ree stepped onto the ice on January 18, 1958, he wasn't just making his National Hockey League® (NHL) debut — he was making history. Celebrate Black History Month with this pure silver tribute to Canadian-born hockey player Willie O'Ree, who became the first Black player to compete in the NHL. A story of courage and determination, O'Ree had to overcome discrimination and a competitive disadvantage to make his hockey dreams come true in the Original Six™ era. By breaking the league's racial barrier, O'Ree's legacy can't be found in any scoring stats — it's in the path he carved for future generations of Black players who left their own imprint on the game.

Item Number: 176805
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Mintage: 5,500
Weight: 31.39 g
Diameter: 38 mm
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
• A Canadian Pioneer: Born and raised in Fredericton, N.B., Willie O'Ree broke racial barriers in the Original Six era by becoming the first Black player in the National Hockey League.
• Iconic Portrait: This coin's reverse re-creates O'Ree's photograph from his playing days with the Boston Bruins. In addition, his official signature has been placed over his sweater number '22.'.
• Officially Licensed Product: The Royal Canadian Mint's tribute to the former NHL player-turned-ambassador for diversity is an officially licensed product of the NHL and Hockey Hall of Fame.

Black clamshell with graphic beauty box and special certificate.

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