The Royal Mint releases 20 Gold Proof coin collections on First World War centenary
04 Aug 2014
The Royal Mint is to release just 20 Gold Proof versions of its First World War Outbreak 2014 UK £5 precious metal coin sets on 4 August, the day that Britain marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The coins are part of The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration that will continue over the next five years, telling the emotive story of the journey from outbreak to armistice through a series of United Kingdom £5 coins, arranged in six-coin sets.
Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin, Medals and Bullion said: “For over 1,000 years, The Royal Mint has been producing coins that have recorded the passing of our nation’s history, documenting changes in monarchs, customs and national themes. This series continues that commitment to storytelling by capturing the emotive wartime journey from outbreak to armistice”.
Following on from the 1,914 sets released last month in 925 sterling silver, the 20 Gold Proof sets released on 4 August contain 22 carat gold crowns, struck to Royal Mint Proof standard.