100th Anniversary of The Battle of Somme 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof coin
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100th Anniversary of The Battle of Somme 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof coin

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  • The only official UK coin available individually to commemorate the anniversary of the battle
  • A Limited Edition Presentation of just 4,000
  • Struck in 925 sterling silver
  • Produced in collaboration with Imperial War Museums
Product code: UK16BSSP
Limited Edition Presentation: 4,000

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100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

The Battle of the Somme 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

In 1916 the British Army fought a battle on the Somme in Northern France that still lingers darkly in the nation’s memory. General Haig hoped to rupture German lines and break the deadlock of trench warfare, ‘battle-hardening’ his troops in the process. On 1 July British soldiers attacked. The shelling of German positions proved ineffective and many were met by a deadly storm of enemy fire. Despite heavy losses, the attack continued for four months. The Battle of the Somme cast a long shadow on those communities who lost so many of their men.

In 2016 The Royal Mint continues its five year programme of commemoration, which tells the story of the First World War in coins, with this silver £5 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle. John Bergdahl’s design is inspired by the technology that helped to change the nature of the conflict, and portrays the debut of a new piece of military hardware – the tank. Struck to Proof standard and presented in a black case, this is a poignant tribute to a tragic turning point in the First World War.

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100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

Denomination £5
Maximum Coin Mintage 6,000
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
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Battaglia

Rated 5 out of 5
17 August 2016

Molto bello con ottimi disegni

A poignant reminder of their sacrifice

Rated 5 out of 5
08 July 2016

This is not only a beautiful coin, it represents something so much more. Knowing the sacrifice that so many thousands of men made, makes this one of the most important coins in Royal Mint history.

It may not be the most expensive coin, but for me it's the most valuable.

great coin

Rated 5 out of 5
07 July 2016

looks amazing disappointed the "limited" edition jumped from 1916 to 4000

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