On 6 August 1914 Prime Minister Herbert Asquith announced grave news to the nation: Britain had entered what would become known as ‘The Great War’ – a war that would change the world forever. In 2014, a century on, The Royal Mint honours this poignant anniversary with a five-year programme of commemoration, telling the far-reaching story of the war from outbreak to armistice. The First World War Outbreak Gold Proof Kilo Coin is now available – the ultimate commemoration – with a design by Michael Sandle RA, a most respected artist known for his war-themed work.
This haunting reverse depicts soldiers moving from the trenches into no man’s land, the ghostly figure of a soldier in full cape and familiar ‘Brodie’ helmet marching through the mist, conveying the tragedy of the war and the loss of so many men. His moving design makes excellent use of the full 100mm field of Britain’s largest coin, which contains no less than a full kilogramme of fine 999.9 gold. This is an exceptional coin, handsomely presented in a sophisticated case with a booklet on the outbreak of the war. And only 25 will ever be struck – they will be found only in the most exclusive collections.
Coin Size Guide
Please note image used to indicated relative size to the UK £1 coin and not shown to actual size.