The Royal Mint Commemorates 90th Anniversary of the End of First World War

09 May 2008

The Royal Mint has unveiled a series of 18 silver Proof coins to commemorate 90 years since the end of the First World War on November 11th 1918. This coin collection is a tribute to the courage and honour of those who served in Britain's armed forces during the four-year conflict and sensitively depicts some of the most treasured and renowned symbols of the First World War.

This year's 90th anniversary is likely to be the last major anniversary to be witnessed by those who fought so bravely during this time. This prestigious coin series has been specially designed by the Royal Mint to celebrate the great sacrifices made for the British public during the conflict, portraying both the human and historical experience of war. Offering a sensitive but powerful representation of the First World War, the series of 18 silver Proof coins draws on inspiration from the art and literature of those who experienced the war first hand.

The collection of silver Proof coins commemorating the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War illustrates a range of themes, from recruitment and remembrance, to the war on the home front. The coins embrace a wide array of subjects and the full set tells a complete story of the war from tragic loss and heroic fighting to the final victory by the Allies. When viewed as a complete collection, the coins are united by the unique outline that frames each design, inspired by the lasting symbol of war, the poppy. The coins were designed by the Royal Mint Design Team and have been meticulously finished to the exacting high standards of the Royal Mint, which has been producing world-class coins for centuries.

Dave Knight, Director of Marketing said: "The Royal Mint is honoured to be commemorating this truly significant anniversary. We feel that we have created a collection of exceptionally special coins which appropriately remembers the great courage our ancestors showed during the war effort. We are very proud of the designs and hope our customers will be as honoured to own them as we were to design them."

The Royal Mint is striking a collection of 18 coins in sterling silver to superior Proof quality for the issuing authorities of Alderney, the Cayman Islands and the Solomon Islands. Each coin can be bought gradually to complete the collection over time. Each set has a strict issue limit of 5,000 with an individual coin limit of 10,000.

The first coin in the series is available at a special price of £22.50 and is accompanied by a replica Memorabilia Gift Pack. The sixth coin comes with a presentation case, while the twelfth coin is accompanied by An Officer's Manual of the Western Front 1914-1918. Every coin is accompanied by a unique Storycard which features information about the design inspiration and the historical background to the coin series.

For further information or to purchase your coin, please call 0845 60 88 222 or visit www.royalmint.com/war

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  • The Royal Mint is the oldest and most prestigious coin maker in the world, designing and producing the United Kingdom's coinage, special collector coins and coinage for over 60 countries. With a history dating back over 1000 years, by the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. In 1810 the Royal Mint moved out of the Tower to premises on London's Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Mint began on its current site in Llantrisant, South Wales.
  • There were estimated to be more than 27.5 billion United Kingdom coins in circulation at 31 March 2007, with a total face value of more than £3.5 billion - all manufactured by the Royal Mint.
  • A total of 1.6 billion United Kingdom coins were issued during 2006-07.
  • Of the higher denomination coins, it is the 20p piece that is most in demand with more than 2.3 billion now in circulation.