12 Sep 2014
Gold and Silver Proof Five-Ounce coins to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war
Britain’s premium coins have been called upon in this ultimate commemoration, reflecting the importance of this moment to Britain – outstanding tributes for a poignant anniversary. Their exceptional designs have been finished to The Royal Mint’s Proof standard, highlighting every detail that was so carefully created by their artists and refined by the artistry of The Royal Mint’s engravers.
John Bergdahl has completed several commissions for Britain’s coins, including the Mary Rose 500th anniversary £2 and coins for the London 2012 coinage programme. More recently he created reverse designs to mark the christening of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. His designs will also grace the series of £5 coins that will be released in six-coin sets until 2018, building a picture of Britain, and the world, at war. Each coin focuses on a different aspect of the war – technology, key battles, the armed forces and support services, the cultural impact of war and, of course, stories of heroes and sacrifice, with the series forming part of The Royal Mint’s five-year programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War, the largest coinage programme since London 2012.
Britain’s premier coins form the ultimate commemoration of the centenary, reflecting the importance of this moment to Britain. Each coin is a tribute to this poignant anniversary and to those who fought or served on the battlefields and on the home front, a century ago.