The Royal Mint’s first official Remembrance Day coins for the United
Kingdom are now available.
Though the Royal Mint has previously issued coins for the important
annual day to remember the sacrifice of veterans, those have been for
Alderney. The 2017 £5 coin is wholly British.
Royal Mint Graphic Designer Stephen Taylor was inspired by “In
Flanders Fields” for the Remembrance Day coin, which shows the poppy
that has become synonymous with Nov. 11.
Brockage or contact mark? Mike Diamond explains.
Also in our Nov. 20 issue, a reader found a fascinating Barber
dime that’s over a century old; John Wexler profiled what makes it different.
“I started my research by looking at words and symbols that are
connected with Armistice Day, but realising that the poppy is by far
the most synonymous with remembrance and the traditions that surround
it, that became my focus,” he said. “I chose natural poppies with a
realistic, wildflower quality, echoing the flowers John McCrae would
have seen growing when he wrote the poem, ‘In Flanders Fields.’ It’s a
poignant reminder of the brave men and women who have lost their lives
or been injured in conflicts past and present, enabling new life to
grow from their sacrifice.”
Royal Mint coin designer Kerry Davies suggested the words “Silence
speaks when words can not” and it was selected as the inscription for
Jody Clark’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.
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Three versions, Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel, Proof .925
fine silver and Proof .925 fine silver piedfort, are available. For
full details, or to order, visit the Royal Mint’s website.