In 1915, the initial enthusiasm and anticipation that had surrounded the outbreak of the First World War was quickly replaced by anxiety and trepidation as the war ‘that would be over by Christmas’, raged on. The coins in this six-coin set, the second in the series, are a respectful tribute, with their deserving subjects captured through striking designs and emotive inscriptions. The accompanying booklet reveals the story that inspired each coin: the flying ace Albert Ball VC; selfless nurse, Edith Cavell; the bravery of the Merchant Navy; the underwater menace of the newly engineered submarine and the dedicated animals thrust into the horrors of war.
These outstanding coins are minted in stylish sterling silver, finished to flawless Proof standard that enhances their intricate designs. All six are presented together in a stylish case to display and protect their beautiful finish. This set is a perfect commemoration for coin collectors or those with an interest in the war, whether you began your collection in 2014 or simply want to start now. Just 1,915 of these sets will be released, order soon to secure this piece of history.
In 2014, The Royal Mint began a programme of commemoration to mark the centenary of the First World War. A six-coin set began a story in coins ‘from Outbreak to Armistice’, a story that we will tell over five years. This second set explores the world as it came to terms with the enormity of ‘total war’. The coins in the series have been created by a select group of designers who have each explored a different aspect of the war. From the battles that were won and lost, to the armed forces and support services that fought in them, and the heroes who performed such selfless acts. The technology of the time is also examined along with the social and cultural impact caused by ‘total war’.
Each designer has their own unique style, but the collection together unites to tell a poignant story with breathtaking coin designs and carefully selected inscriptions that capture the essence of each subject.