Britain's Royal Mint has issued a Proof 2015 platinum £5 coin for
Alderney to commemorate 70 years since the moment in May 1945 when
World War II hostilities in Europe finally ceased and “Victory in
Europe” was declared.
During six years of war, the lives of billions of people across the
globe were affected, and war truly stretched across the world.
Finally, at 7:40 p.m. on May 7, 1945, the Ministry of Information in
London issued a short statement confirming that war in Europe was
over: “In accordance with arrangements between the three great powers,
tomorrow, Tuesday, will be treated as Victory in Europe Day and
regarded as a holiday.”
Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of London to
celebrate in an outpouring of relief and joy, congregating in
Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and filling The Mall. The
following day, May 8, “Victory in Europe” Day saw the festivities
continue. Street parties were organized across the country.
The 2015 coin, composed of .9995 fine platinum, features a reverse
by Royal Mint Senior Engraver Lee R. Jones.
Jones said: “The remembrance of the Second World War isn’t just
about the great historical figures, the leaders, the politicians, the
generals. It’s about the sacrifice and struggle of the ordinary
people. This was a war with a terrible reach, extending far beyond the
frontlines and battlefields. 50 million people lost their lives,
millions more were injured. Every family experienced loss or hardship
and contributed to the war effort in some way.”
Jones continued: “The design for this coin drills down to street
level on that welcome day when war in Europe was finally over. I hope
I have given a glimpse into a personal window, to a country that was
battered and bruised, but finally able to erupt in a carnival of
celebration and reclaim those bombed out streets for a party to end
all parties, their freedom and identity secured.”
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
An inscription on the coin’s reverse comes from Sir Winston
Churchill, and reads, “This is your victory.”
The coin weighs 94.2 grams and measures 38.61 millimeters in
diameter. It has a mintage of 70 pieces and retails for £5,000.
To order the coin, visit the Royal Mint’s website.
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