Editor's note: The following is the sixth of a six-part Coin
World series about collecting the medals, coins and paper money
honoring Winston Churchill, prepared by Michele Orzano for the March
2015 monthly edition of Coin World.
In 1994 the Government of Gibraltar issued a £50 note honoring
Churchill. The face design features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II,
with smaller vignettes of the Rock Apes of Gibraltar and a hackney
carriage. The back design has a portrait of Winston Churchill to the
right and several Spitfire aircraft at Gibraltar’s 1942 Royal Air
Force Station, which was known as the North Front during “Operation Torch.”
The operation was the code name for the Allied invasion of North
Africa, in which Gibraltar and its new airfield played a vital role.
In 2016, the Bank of England will release a redesigned £5 polymer
note honoring Churchill.
The Bank of England unveiled a concept design for the note in late
December 2013. A head and shoulder portrait of Churchill, complete
with bow tie, is depicted on the right side of the back of the note.
In addition to the portrait, the back design will show a view of the
Palace of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the south bank of
the Thames River looking across Westminster Bridge. The Elizabeth
clock tower may be better known by the name of its main bell, “Big Ben.”
According to the bank, the image of the Elizabeth Tower shows the
hands of the Great Clock at 3 o’clock — the approximate time on May
13, 1940, when Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons:
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” This text
will be printed beneath the portrait.
On March 1, 1955, Churchill made his last great speech in the House
of Commons, essentially bidding it and the British people farewell. He
was six months shy of his 81st birthday and soon to retire from public
life when he said:
The day may dawn when fair play, love for one’s fellow-men, respect
for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march
forth serene and triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to
dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.
Perhaps the best way to pay homage to the man and his many years of
service to his homeland and the world is to collect one or several of
the many numismatic tributes available, particularly those issued in 2015.
Keep reading our series about Winston Churchill's numismatic legacy:
year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston
abundance of coins and medals depict Sir Winston Churchill in war
medals recognize Winston Churchill served his nation in its time
of greatest need
coin and medal issues pay tribute to Winston Churchill in his
items are more abundant than coins and notes honoring Sir Winston Churchill
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