The Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe on June 6, 1944, was
the turning point of World War II.
The Pobjoy Mint revealed May 12 that is was issuing a new Isle of
Man crown coin, in four versions, to commemorate that momentous event.
Operation Overlord was one of the greatest operations of World War
II and was built on the efforts of some 12,000 Allied planes sweeping
the skis and naval forces patrolling the English Channel.
On D-Day, amphibious craft landed more than 130,000 troops on five
beaches along the Normandy coast. British and Canadian forces landed
on Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches while American troops landed on Utah
and Omaha Beaches.
The new crown coin commemorates the effort to secure Europe against
Nazi tyranny. A stylized design depicts Allied Troops storming a
bunker on D-Day with signs naming the five landing beaches, with a
large "D" to represent D-Day. Also shown are several
poppies, the symbol for those who gave their lives in the effort.
The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by
The design is available in either Uncirculated copper-nickel or
Proof .925 fine silver versions, both of which are available plain or
with the poppies colored red.
Both coins weigh 28.28 grams and measure 38.6 millimeters in diameter.
The copper-nickel crown has an unlimited mintage and costs $16.95
plain or $23.95 with color.
The silver crown is limited to a 10,000-coin mintage and costs $89
plain or $99 with color.
For more information or to order the coins, visit the Pobjoy Mint's
website or telephone the business at 877-476-2569.