Poppies are a familiar but impermanent symbol of Remembrance Day,
the international holiday known to Americans as Veterans Day.
The Royal Mint’s latest commemorative coin, issued for Alderney,
provides an everlasting and vibrant reminder of the sacrifice
celebrated by the red poppy. The Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel
and Proof .925 fine silver £5 coins feature a colorful red poppy on
their reverse, “using trichromatic techniques which help capture the
poppy’s dramatic colouring,” according to the Royal Mint.
The reverse was designed by Royal Mint engraver Emma Noble.
The reverse design also includes the inscription THE ELEVENTH HOUR
OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH, words that reflect the end
of World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.
The obverse carries the current portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by
Every November, poppy wreaths are laid at war memorials and
poppies are worn “to acknowledge the on-going bravery of the Armed
Forces and remember those who have died in conflict,” according to the
Royal Mint. This is the Royal Mint’s first Remembrance Day coin, and
begins what is expected to be an annual series.
Noble said: “The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month —
it’s such a powerful moment. A moment the world remembers the bravery
and the sacrifice. I wanted the coin to pinpoint that moment.”
The poppy has been synonymous with veterans’ remembrances since
1915 when a volunteer medical officer, John McCrae, was inspired to
write “In Flanders Fields” after witnessing poppies flourishing on
battlefields and the graves of the fallen. That inspired the wearing
and sales of poppies in remembrance and to help veterans and their families.
The Royal Mint has pledged to donate 50 pence from each sale of
the BU coin and £5 from each of the Proof coins sold to The Royal
British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Both coins weigh 28.28 grams, and measure 38.61 millimeters in
diameter. Mintage for the BU coin (which is available for £13) is
unlimited, while the silver coin (which is offered at £83) has a
mintage limit of 3,000 pieces.
To order the Remembrance Day coin, write to the Royal Mint,
FREEPOST, NAT23496, P.O. Box 500, Llantrisant, Pontyclun CF72 8YT,
visit the Royal Mint website at www.royalmint.com, or telephone
the Royal Mint toll free at 866-519-7298 in the United States or at
866-924-0861 in Canada. ■