The Royal Mint has launched an expansive new coin series which will tell the story of the First World War from outbreak to armistice. The first six coins of the series, which are available for pre-order, mark the centenary of the outbreak. The series will continue to build over the next five years to a complete collection of 36 coins.
This year’s releases explore a range of diverse themes including the Howitzer gun, the impact of propaganda, the first black officer in Britain’s armed forces, the Royal Navy, the British Expeditionary Force, and the hard work on the Home Front.
Each of the six coins carries a denomination of £5 and is struck in .925 sterling silver to proof quality. The weight of each coin is 28.28 grams and hte diameter is 38.61 mm. The obverse design for each coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse designs for each of the coins are displayed below:
British Expeditionary Force Coin
Royal Navy Coin
Home Front Coin
Walter Tull Coin
Howitzer Gun Coin