Well that was quick.
The day after they became
available for online order, The Royal Mint announced it is sold out of
commemorative gold £5 proof coins honoring the
70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II.
The Royal Mint announced on Facebook at 7 a.m. ET on May 13 the
coins were available for pre-order, and by midday May 14, a follow-up Facebook post alerted fans that all
70 of the 22-carat gold coins were spoken for.
"After one day online, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Gold Proof
coin has sold out,” the post reads.
The gold proofs
were priced at £1,800.
Still available are silver proofs (priced at £80) and Brilliant Uncirculated coins (priced
at £13) .
The 70th anniversary of the Allied D-Day
landing, which took place the beaches of Normandy and eventually swung
the momentum of World War II in the Allied forces’ favor, is June 6,
"To honour the spirit shown by so many on that
grey June day 70 years ago The Royal Mint has struck a £5 crown for
Alderney, commissioned—and approved by Her Majesty The Queen—for this
important anniversary,” The
Royal Mint’s website reads. "The coin bears a design by
Royal Mint engraver Lee R. Jones, who has crafted his portrait to show
British troops from a soldier’s viewpoint, capturing something of the
personal experience of those who fought so long ago."