20 Oct 2014
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The Royal Mint’s five-year programme to honour the centenary of the First World War continues with this Silver Proof Kilo Coin – the ultimate commemoration. Michael Sandle’s haunting design is remarkable on the 100mm reverse of this coin with its full kilogramme of fine silver, ghostly figures of soldiers march into no man’s land, every gentle detail enhanced by a flawless Proof finish. Only 430 of these fine tributes will be released, each presented in an elegant case with an informative booklet and Certificate of Authenticity.
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The Royal Mint has marked significant moments in Britain’s history for centuries. In 2014 we embark upon a programme of commemoration, telling the far-reaching story of the war from outbreak to armistice. The First World War Outbreak Silver Proof Kilo Coin, part of that commemoration, is now available with a design by Michael Sandle RA, a respected artist known for his war-themed work. It will be joined in 2018 by another Kilo coin that will mark the First World War coming to an end.
In his moving reverse Michael Sandle has depicted soldiers moving from the trenches into no man’s land, ghostly figures in full capes and familiar ‘Brodie’ helmets shrouded in mist, inspired by the artist’s sadness at the tragic loss of so many brave men. This magnificent coin is handsomely presented, complete with a booklet on the outbreak of the war, a Certificate of Authenticity confirms this is one of only 430 of these – the UK’s premier silver coins – to be released.
Please note image used to indicated relative size to the UK £1 coin and not shown to actual size.
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