John Lennon & Yoko Ono "Give Peace A Chance" 50th anniversary coin

The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's recording "Give Peace a Chance" with a commemorative coin. The $99.99 (Canadian) collectible is a pure silver rendering of Ivor Sharp's black-and-white photo of rock's most famous couple during their "Bed-In for Peace."

In the spring of 1969, John and Yoko recorded the iconic song in Montreal while dressed in pajamas and holding roses, while sitting on a bed, framed by handmade peace posters. They were joined by famous friends such as Tommy Smothers and Petula Clark.

Petula Clark talked about meeting John Lennon in Montreal and becoming involved with the "Give Peace a Chance" recording:

"He was doing a bed-in, you remember those things? I went along to talk to him. I had a little bit of a problem and I wanted to talk to someone outside my... surrounding, y'know? And he was wonderful, he gave me some very good advice and gave me a hug. And said, 'Don't worry about it?' He said, 'Go and have a drink next door.' In the living room, it was a suite. And there were several people in there, one or two I knew. And music was going on. Then somebody gave us some lyrics, so we started singing the lyrics to this very simple music, just for fun, y'know. And they were recording it -- it was 'Give Peace a Chance'."

 
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