This year we remember the outbreak of the First World War – a moment when the world changed forever. Britain will honour the centenary of ‘the Great War’ over the next five years and it is important that such significant anniversaries are marked for the nation. The Royal Mint begins an extensive programme of commemoration in 2014 – the six flawless Silver Proof £5 coins in this fascinating set are the first of 36 coins that together help to tell a story of the First World War.
Five leading artists have created coins that explore themes as diverse as technology, the role of the armed forces and support services, social impact, key battles and of course some of the heroes of the war. The coins in your 2014 set depict the Howitzer gun, explore the impact of propaganda and honour the first black officer in Britain’s armed forces, the Royal Navy, the British Expeditionary Force and the hard work on the Home Front. These first coins begin an intriguing, moving series that you will want to collect until we mark the armistice, and hopes for peace, in 2018.