The “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918 marked
the conclusion of four years of bloody battle on a global scale.
The famous phrase forever linked to World War I, which began
nearly a century ago, has been revived on new £5 coins for Alderney
from the Royal Mint.
The saying appears next to the familiar red poppy, long a symbol
of Remembrance Day (as the day is known throughout the Commonwealth;
Americans call it Veterans Day). Emma Noble’s design pairing the poppy
and phrase was used for similar commemorative coins for Alderney in 2012.
Noble said in 2012 when the design debuted that the time
referenced in the famous phrase alluding to the war’s end is “such a
powerful moment. A moment the world remembers the bravery and the
sacrifice. I wanted the coin to pinpoint that moment.”
The poppy became an important symbol of remembrance worldwide
after thousands of the vibrant red flowers sprang up out of the mud of
the World War I battlefields of Flanders in Belgium.
“The wearing of the flower honours the commitment of those who
served, and still serve, their countries, as do the highly polished
military campaign medals worn by campaign veterans and serving
personnel for the annual Remembrance Day parades,” according to the
Royal Mint, which has struck military medals for British and
Commonwealth servicemen and women since 1815.
The 2013 Alderney Remembrance £5 coins are available in Brilliant
Uncirculated copper-nickel and Proof .925 fine silver versions. They
have been created using trichromatic color printing techniques
resulting in multiple layering of shades, which, together with the
engraving, give a depth of color “that reflects the natural beauty of
the flower,” according to the Royal Mint.
The obverse of the coin bears the current portrait of Queen
Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley and the year date 2013.
The BU version has an unlimited mintage and is packaged in a
presentation folder, while the silver version, limited to mintage of
3,000 pieces, is housed in a black case with a certificate of authenticity.
Both coins weigh 28.28 grams and measure 38.61 millimeters in diameter.
Pricing was unavailable at press time Oct. 3.
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. ■