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100 years after the Armistice, we remember them once more

As the Last Post cuts through the stillness of a Sunday morning, relieved of their duties, the fallen are discharged, free to rest in peace. 100 years after the end of the First World War, Remembrance Day traditions show no signs of diminishing as we honour those who fought for our freedoms; rituals that have outlasted the peace of the ‘war to end all wars’.

Struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard –a single blood red poppy reminds us of the sacrifices made. The coin is presented in a fold-out wallet that tells the stories behind remembrance.

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Remembrance Day is an important event in The Royal Mint’s calendar when we pay our own silent tribute to the brave men and women who lost their lives in conflicts around the world. Here you can find out more about remembrance traditions, the symbolism of the poppy and this year’s coin design.


The History of Remembrance

Remembrance Day was conceived as a way to honour the dead of the First World War. A tradition that began in 1919 has outlasted the peace of the ‘war to end all wars’. Even today, every year on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the nation falls silent for two minutes to pay their respects. From 1945 onwards Remembrance Day was adapted to honour the dead of two world wars and now includes all subsequent conflicts. And the servicemen and women who continue to safeguard our freedoms are never far from our thoughts.

The Royal Mint and Remembrance

The Royal Mint has a long-standing tradition of honouring servicemen and women, producing many of the medals awarded to armed forces personnel. A number of our own employees lost their lives during both World Wars. Some staff members in active service were even awarded medals made by their own colleagues. Every Remembrance Day, Royal Mint employees gather at the small memorial at our site in Llantrisant to pay their respects to those who never came home. Each year we are proud to release a coin, created by one of our own designers, to mark this poignant occasion.


The Poppy and Flanders Fields

After the death of his friend Alexis Helmer, Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem 'In Flanders Fields', inspired by wild poppies he saw growing around military gravestones.

Despite its fragile petals, the corn poppy can thrive even in the bleakest conditions. During the Napoleonic Wars red poppies poked through the disturbed earth, growing around the bodies of fallen soldiers lying on the battlefields.

As the First World War laid waste to swathes of Europe, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were churned beyond recognition. But life finds away, even in No Man’s Land. Poppies carpeted the former battlefields a poignant sea of red.


100th Anniversary of Armistice

This year’s Remembrance Day services will mark 100 since the Armistice when four years of bloody struggle finally came to an end. During the First World War one million men from across the globe died defending Britain and its Empire, with countless more wounded. A shell shocked country would never be the same again. And despite the refrain, ‘never again’, history sadly continues to repeat itself.

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First World War Armistice 2018 UK £5 Silver Proof 6-Coin Set

First World War Armistice 2018 UK £5 Silver Proof 6-Coin Set

Limited Edition 600


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Armistice Centenary 2018 Three Coin Silver Proof Set

Armistice Centenary 2018 Three Coin Silver Proof Set

Limited Edition 1,111


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Armistice 2018 UK Silver Proof Kilo Coin
Armistice 2018 UK Silver Proof Kilo Coin

Armistice 2018 UK Silver Proof Kilo Coin

Limited Edition 100


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A Young and Brave Volunteer
Bertha ‘Betty’ Stevenson was born in York at the end of the nineteenth century. Her family supported the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and through it volunteered to help their country at war. From 1916 she worked for the YMCA in France, first in the canteen huts and then in the more dangerous role of driver. 

Read Betty’s Story


Artist at the Front
David Bomberg was an emerging artist linked to the Vorticist group when he joined the army in 1915. He was sent to the front as a military engineer but towards the end of the war his artistic ability was called upon as he was commissioned to create a work to memorialise an extraordinary tunnelling project.

Read About David Bomberg


For King and Country
Eric Heaton enlisted aged 18 at the outbreak of war and was commissioned a second lieutenant the following year. On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and in his first combat action, he led the men of 9 Platoon in an attack.

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A Heroine of War
Flora Sandes, born in 1876, was the first, and only, British woman to officially serve in the First World War as a soldier. The daughter of a Yorkshire clergyman, she was fearless and valiant and rose through the ranks of the Serbian army to become a Sergeant Major by the end of the war. 

Find out About Flora Sandes


A Lady and a Nurse
Lady Lever was one of many well-off women who volunteered as a nurse during the First World War. When her husband, Sir Arthur Levy Lever, was called to serve as an officer in the Army she offered to nurse injured military personnel on home soil, where she remained. Despite being a long way from the front it was not without risk.

Read Lady Lever’s Story

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