100th Anniversary of The Battle of Somme 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof coin

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100th Anniversary of The Battle of Somme 2016

UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

  • The only official UK coin available individually to commemorate the anniversary of the battle
  • A Limited Edition Presentation of just 4,000
  • Struck in 925 sterling silver
  • Produced in collaboration with Imperial War Museums
Price: £82.50
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  • Product code: UK16BSSP
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 4000

The Battle of the Somme 2016 UK 5 Silver Proof Coin

100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 2016 UK 5 Silver Proof Coin

In 1916 the British Army fought a battle on the Somme in Northern France that still lingers darkly in the nation's memory. General Haig hoped to rupture German lines and break the deadlock of trench warfare, battle-hardening his troops in the process. On 1 July British soldiers attacked. The shelling of German positions proved ineffective and many were met by a deadly storm of enemy fire. Despite heavy losses, the attack continued for four months. The Battle of the Somme cast a long shadow on those communities who lost so many of their men.


In 2016 The Royal Mint continues its five year programme of commemoration, which tells the story of the First World War in coins, with this silver pound commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle. John Bergdahl design is inspired by the technology that helped to change the nature of the conflict, and portrays the debut of a new piece of military hardware the tank. Struck to Proof standard and presented in a black case, this is a poignant tribute to a tragic turning point in the First World War.

Denomination £5
Maximum Coin Mintage 6,000
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 28.28g
Diameter 38.61mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Pure Metal Type Silver

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