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New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

A Wonderful Honour

A Wonderful Honour

Known for her warmth and authenticity, Dame Vera Lynn is one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers. Rising to stardom during the era of the big band before the Second World War elevated her to the status of national hero, Dame Vera was a singing sensation who developed her style in the working men’s clubs of London’s East End. During the dark days of the war, she brought comfort and hope to the millions of listeners who tuned into her weekly radio show Sincerely Yours. In 1944, the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ even made a perilous tour of Burma to entertain the Allied service members stationed thousands of miles from home and Dame Vera’s morale-boosting efforts meant she received the Burma Star medal in 1985.

Remaining important through decades of musical change and continuing to record and perform into her eighties and nineties, winning new generations of fans along the way, Dame Vera’s extraordinary life has been commemorated on a 2022 UK £2 coin. We developed the coin with the input and approval of Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter Ginny, who was kind enough to share her thoughts on what the design means to her.

A wonderful honour

“It’s fantastic to see my mother celebrated in this way; we’re just so excited and pleased – even more so knowing that Royal Mint coins require the approval of Her Majesty The Queen! What an honour! It’s a wonderful way to encapsulate Dame Vera’s career and ensure her legacy lives on.

“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. I even once received a letter from a museum in Uzbekistan commending her ‘wonderful doings’ and inviting me to drop by for a cup of tea if I was ever in the vicinity. Sadly, I haven’t been able to take up the offer … yet! But, it’s lovely to think that wherever you are, you can own this coin and remember Dame Vera.

“My mother was a very modest and down-to-earth person. She might not have understood all of the fuss around this coin launch but I’m sure she would have found it wonderful to be remembered and celebrated in this way.”

THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND CAREER OF DAME VERA LYNN

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND CAREER OF DAME VERA LYNN
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