The Royal Mint has issued four coins for Alderney capturing some of the best-known quotes of statesman and renowned orator Sir Winston Churchill.
Each £5 coin was designed by Royal Mint senior engraver Lee R. Jones, and highlights a different aspect of the great man’s persona in his own words.
The coins are currently offered as part of four-coin sets, with each coin represented in both a Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel set and a Proof .925 fine silver set. Two of the coins in the Proof set are embellished, one featuring trichromatic color and the other having gold plating.
The War Leader coin carries the quotation “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, ... we shall never surrender,” taken from Churchill’s speech to the House of Commons given on June 4, 1940, during the Battle of France.
Set against a sandy beach scattered naturally with seashells and small stones, the quote excerpt is framed, almost delicately, with the unnatural intrusion of the island's barbed wire defenses.
The Orator coin focuses on a speech Churchill made while rallying troops for the Battle of El Alamein.
The quote on the reverse is: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
The Battle of El Alamein is considered one of the most decisive battles of the World War II. It was fiercely fought by both sides, close to the Egyptian coastline, testing the spirits of the men on the ground, and of their leaders.
Sensing waning morale among the allied troops, Churchill installed Lt. General Bernard Montgomery as leader, and gave his notable speech.
The design of the coin portrays the tread tracks of tank warfare, suggesting the harsh conditions of many battles of World War II and the weaponry in use.