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  • The Royal Mint has today launched a commemorative coin celebrating the life and legacy of national treasure Dame Vera Lynn
  • The reverse design of the £2 coin features a beautifully detailed portrait of Dame Vera as she appeared during the height of her fame
  • The limited-edition precious metals in the range have been developed with support from Dame Vera’s family

The Royal Mint has today launched a commemorative £2 coin celebrating Dame Vera Lynn’s legendary life and career.

Dame Vera Lynn’s iconic renditions of classic songs such as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ earned her eternal residency within the hearts of many. 

The reverse design of the £2 coin features a beautifully detailed portrait of Dame Vera as she appeared during the height of her fame, accompanied by her name and the dates denoting the years of her life. In reference to what was arguably her most famous release, the coin features an edge inscription that reads ‘WE’LL MEET AGAIN’.

Synonymous with Dame Vera, the wartime classic was a wireless staple during the Second World War that resonated with the countless soldiers who had left their families behind. After the war, Dame Vera stayed important through decades of musical change, continuing to record, perform and win new fans even in her eighties and nineties.

On 18 June 2020, Dame Vera sadly passed away but her legacy as a dedicated humanitarian and a true icon of British music will live on forever, much like the timeless songs she sang.

The coin, designed by The Royal Mint’s in-house designers, was originally unveiled in the 2022 Annual Sets, a five-coin collection celebrating milestone events and anniversaries of the year on an official UK coin. The design was brought to life with the expertise and innovation techniques gathered across the 1,100-year history of The Royal Mint, in collaboration with Dame Vera Lynn’s family.

Dame Vera Lynn’s Daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones said: “It’s fantastic to see my mother celebrated in this way and to ensure her legacy lives on. We’re just so excited and pleased – even more so knowing that Royal Mint coins require approval of Her Majesty the Queen! I’m especially pleased that this coin is available to international collectors. Over the years I’ve always been touched by the sacks of letters we receive from people all over the world who have been moved in some way by my mother’s music, charity work or morale-boosting performances during the war. It wonderful to think that wherever you are, you can own this coin and remember Dame Vera.”  

Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said,

“Fondly known as the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, Dame Vera Lynn’s songs were crucial in maintaining morale during the Second World War and it is an honour to celebrate her legacy on a £2 coin. The collectable £2 is The Royal Mint’s latest tribute to one of Britain’s greatest national treasures. We are delighted to have worked with Dame Vera’s family to help this coin come to life.”

The coin will not enter circulation, but collectors can purchase the coins at The Royal Mint website in gold, silver, silver piedfort and brilliant uncirculated, developed with support of Dame Vera Lynn’s Family. For more information, please visit The Royal Mint

Coin title

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK 5oz Gold Proof Coin

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£500

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au

916.7 Au

Weight

156.295g

15.97g

Diameter

50.00mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

Quality

Proof

Proof

Additional Features

N/A

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

35

350

RRP

£11,430

£1,125

 

Coin title

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK 5oz Silver Proof Coin

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

£10

£2

£2

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999 Ag

Inner:  925 Ag; Outer: 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner:  925 Ag; Outer: 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

156.295g

24.00g

12.00g

12.00g

Diameter

65.00mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Brilliant Uncirculated

Additional Features

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

240

1175

3500

Unlimited

RRP

£465

£117.50

£72.50

£10.00

 

 

Title

Dame Vera Lynn 1917 Sovereign & 2022 UK 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin Set

Dame Vera Lynn 1917 Half -Crown & 2022 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin Set

Coin Title

Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK 1/4 oz Gold Proof

1917 Sovereign

Dame Vera Lynn 2022 UK £2 Silver Proof

1917 Half Crown

Denomination

£25

Sovereign

£2

Half Crown

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au

916.7 Au

Inner:  925 Ag; Outer: 925 Ag plated with fine gold

500 Ag

Weight

7.80g

7.98g

12.00g

14.14g

Diameter

22.00mm

22.05mm

28.40mm

32.31mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Bertram Mackennal

Jody Clark

Bertram Mackennal

Reverse Designer

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

Benedetto Pistrucci

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

George William de Saulles

Quality

Proof

Minimum Fine

Proof

Minimum Fine

Additional Features

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

400

373

RRP

£1,300

£150

 

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About The Royal Mint

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest companies and the original maker of UK coins.  Today The Royal Mint is a premium British maker, providing carefully crafted coins and precious metal products for the UK and overseas.  Based in Llantrisant, South Wales it has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Consumer (collectable and rare, historic coins) and precious metals investment.

Collecting with The Royal Mint:

Every coin tells a story, from a rare gold Sovereign to a Peter Rabbit™ 50p coin. The Royal Mint aims to inspire collectors young and old, and nurture a love of collecting through unique designs and popular themes. As the maker of UK coinage, we have unparalleled knowledge about coins, from the historic coins of our past, through to the collectable commemorative coins of today.  Sourcing and authenticating pre decimal coins is a natural fit for The Royal Mint as we struck each one.

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As a world authority on precious metals, The Royal Mint has traded and made products in gold and silver for centuries. Since launching its designated precious metals investment arm six years ago, The Royal Mint has grown rapidly to become the home of gold in the UK – increasing its market share and becoming the largest producer of bullion coins in Britain. As well as offering physical precious metal investment options in the form of bars and coins, The Royal Mint also offers a range of digital investment options including DigiGold, Little Treasures, designed for children, and Gold for Pensions

Celebrating with The Royal Mint:

For over a thousand years The Royal Mint has marked the moments that changed the world on coins - from coronations to conflict, from commemorations to celebrations. The designs are captured on commemorative coins, minted in a range of metals.  Commemorative coins do not always enter circulation but give collectors the chance to purchase coins to keep and cherish.  Recent themes have included David Bowie, Winnie the Pooh, Decimalisation and Team GB. Each commemorative coin is carefully struck up to three times in order to create a superbly detailed finish, and ensuring each one meets the standards The Royal Mint is famous for. 

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The Royal Mint opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales in 2016. Since opening the award-winning attraction has welcomed around 400,000 visitors through its doors and is the place to explore the 1,100-year history of coins.

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