In the summer and fall of 1940, German and British forces took to the
skies to contest air superiority, and Germany’s defeat forced Adolf
Hitler to cancel Operation Sea Lion, a dual land-and-air assault on
the United Kingdom.
The defenders won the Battle of Britain, giving rise to the famous
quote from Sir Winston Churchill, “Never in the field of human
conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
A new copper-nickel 50-penny coin from the Royal Mint showcases some
of those “few” in a reverse design from sculptor Gary Breeze.
“The scrambling airmen, running with enthusiasm to their potential
deaths to protect us is an evocative image,” Breeze said in a press
release. “Coming towards the men is a swarm of aircraft. ... I wanted
to illustrate that threat and sense of danger. I would like people to
be reminded of the selfless sacrifice of the ‘Few.’ ”
Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the
obverse of the coin, which weighs 8 grams and measures 27.3
millimeters in diameter.
A Brilliant Uncirculated version is available in a colorful pack for
£8; other packaging options include a range of annual sets.
Complete information is available at the Royal Mint website.
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