In 2014 the world unites in marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The Royal Mint observes this poignant occasion for Britain with a five-year programme of commemoration and to mark the outbreak of the war one of Britain’s largest coins has been chosen as part of the ultimate commemoration.
The Five-Ounce coin bears an evocative design by an experienced coinage artist. John Bergdahl’s reverse recalls the first wave of troops departing Britain, voyaging across the Channel for war in Europe. They are watched over by a Deco-style Britannia, with a lion at her side, familiar guardians of Britain. These beautiful details on the coin’s 65mm diameter reverse have been enriched by The Royal Mint’s premium Proof finish. Each of these coins – containing a full five ounces of fine silver – is presented in its own handsome case and is accompanied by a fascinating booklet that reveals the story of Britain at the outbreak of war and the first events in the long battle to come. A Certificate of Authenticity confirms its low mintage – for it will be owned by just 1300 collectors. Whether you wish to honour those who played their part in what became known as ‘The Great War’ or you have an interest in military history, the Five-Ounce is a discerning choice.
Coin Size Guide
Please note image used to indicated relative size to the UK £1 coin and not shown to actual size.