The Salvation Army is known as a “global force for good,” using money
it raises with the familiar red kettles to serve those in need.
Now, it is itself the subject of money, honorary coins being issued
by Alderney through the Royal Mint.
The Royal Mint on June 1 announced that a 2015 £5 coin, available in
both Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel and Proof .925 fine silver versions, would celebrate the Salvation
Army’s 150th anniversary.
The agency was founded in 1865 by William Booth to help the
vulnerable and fight social injustice.
Booth’s upbringing was one touched by hardship, but arriving in London in search of work, the pawnbroker turned
preacher was shocked by what he saw. Fueled by a desire to alleviate
the suffering he witnessed in the slums of the city’s East End, he
sought to bring “soup, soap and salvation” to the destitute and
starving — and so the work of the Salvation Army began.
The coin’s obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse features a design by Royal Mint Engraver Laura Clancy.
Clancy said, in a press release, that working on the design “was an
opportunity to learn more about the brass bands I remember on wintry
days, their tunes warming up the cold and gently letting everyone
around know that they are there. I wanted to create a design that ...
[was] classic, celebratory and with something we all know and
recognise at the heart of it.”
Both coins weigh 28.28 grams and measure 38.61 millimeters in diameter.
The copper-nickel version has an unlimited mintage and retails for £13.
The silver version has a mintage limit of 1,500 pieces and retails
To order the coins, visit the Royal Mint website.
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