The 100th Anniversary of the FWW – Outbreak UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

The 100th Anniversary of the FWW – Outbreak UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

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  • First commemoration of the First World War on a UK coin
  • The official UK £2 coin, as an impressive Piedfort
  • Beginning an unprecedented five-year programme of commemoration
  • Largest UK coin programme since London 2012
  • Outer: 925 silver plated with fine gold
Product code: UK14W1PF


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A fitting way to mark and remember the centenary

Beginning a five-year series – a journey from outbreak to armistice

100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of WWI Silver Piedfort £2 coinThe Royal Mint proudly commemorates one of the most significant moments in world history with the official Outbreak 2014 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin. John Bergdahl’s stirring design is magnificent on this double-thickness coin, enhanced by The Royal Mint’s unrivalled Proof quality. Whether you wish to honour those who took up arms, or have an interest in military or British history, you will want to secure one of these impressive coins. Act quickly for this is a limited edition presentation of only 2,500.

About the Coin

Though many posters encouraged the men of Britain to enlist, the image of Kitchener has since come to stand for the call to fight for King and country that saw men respond in their thousands. It is to this instantly recognisable image that the experienced artist John Bergdahl turned to create his stirring design: ‘Your country needs you’.

Perhaps you wish to honour someone in your family who played their part, or pay your respects as the nation remembers. You will want to secure one of these Outbreak 2014 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort coins – produced by The Royal Mint, as were the medals presented to those who fought so long ago. Your coin is presented in luxury befitting its status – for Piedfort coins are highly sought after – with a Certificate of Authenticity, handsome display case and a fascinating booklet exploring the country at the outbreak of war, Kitchener’s campaign and the men who volunteered to fight with Britain from across the Commonwealth.

In 1914 Lord Kitchener was appointed to mastermind a recruitment campaign that would go on to create one of the largest volunteer armies ever known in Britain. The reverse of your coin was designed by John Bergdahl, creator of the coins struck to celebrate the christening of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. He was inspired by Kitchener’s persuasive image, which perfectly reflects the sense of optimism that was shared in those first days of the First World War, an optimism that today can also be viewed with sadness.

Your coin’s edge inscription reads, ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe,’ recalling the words of Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the eve of war. Although no veteran who lived through the First World War is here today to receive the thanks of a grateful nation, a full century later Britain remembers, and marks, this important anniversary.


Anniversary of the First World War - Outbreak 2014 UK £2

Denomination £2
Maximum Coin Mintage 4,514
Alloy Inner: .925 sterling silver. Outer: .925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
Weight 24.00 g
Diameter 28.40 mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription The lamps are going out all over Europe
Quality Proof

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Lovely piedfort

Rated 5 out of 5
20 July 2014

this is my first piedfort coin i have owned and I'm impressed. it has a nice weight to it, the presentation of it is lovely and the booklet that comes with it is superb. I will look forward to the next collections over the years to come.

Really pleased!

Rated 5 out of 5
31 January 2014

I received my coin recently and am delighted with it. It is a really good looking coin with an iconic design...and it comes beautifully packaged with plenty of information relating to the background. It is a pleasure to own. I look forward to collecting the remainder of the series. Thanks Royal Mint!

A beautiful coin

Rated 5 out of 5
31 January 2014

This is one beautiful coin...perfectly struck on a flawless planchet. After seeing this one, and given the low number of pieces to be produced, I plan to purchase each one in the series. However, I would have preferred if it was shipped in padded packaging and that a tracking number was provided when shipped.

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