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The 100th Anniversary of the First World War

In 2014, as Britain marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, The Royal Mint proudly strikes the first coin in a five-year programme of commemoration – the first time that the First World War has featured on a United Kingdom coin, and the first time The Royal Mint has undertaken such a programme on the £2 coin. Experienced coinage artist John Bergdahl has turned to one of the most iconic images for inspiration, recreating the famous image of Lord Kitchener: steely gaze and pointing finger informing the young men of Britain, ‘Your country needs you’.

The image has become a symbol for the optimism of the first days of war, a war felt by so many to be sure to be ‘over by Christmas’. Men responded to Kitchener’s call to arms in their thousands. Many would never return from the battlefields, lending a poignancy that comes only with hindsight to this important coin.

This specially designed pack contains a sparkling Brilliant Uncirculated UK £2 coin – produced by The Royal Mint, as were the medals presented to those who fought so long ago. Your coin is presented with fascinating information about the country at the outbreak of war, Kitchener’s campaign and the men who volunteered to fight with Britain from across the Commonwealth.

Although no veteran who lived through the First World War is here today to receive the thanks of a grateful nation, a full century later Britain remembers, and marks, this important anniversary.

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