The Royal Mint is taking orders for its annual Remembrance Day commemorative coins.
Remembrance Day is observed every November 11 by members of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the United Kingdom, local ceremonies are held throughout the country; the Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph during the large ceremony in London. (Scroll to the bottom for images.) The annual holiday marks the formal cessation of World War I hostilities on “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918. Red poppies, recalling the poppies that bloomed across the bloody field of Flanders, have been closely associated with the observance of Remembrance Day since the early 1920s.
The reverse design, which maintains the poppy theme, was created by Thomas Docherty. The dense cluster of the flowers is richly overprinted in color and surrounded by the words THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE—a phrase from a verse in Ecclesiastes that is often read during Remembrance Day observances.
The obverse design features the previous effigy of the Queen, by Ian Rank-Broadley, rather than the newest effigy, by Jody Clark. The profile is surrounded by the words ALDERNEY, FIVE POUNDS, and ELIZABETH II, with the date near the bottom. The coins are minted under the authority of Alderney (a British Crown dependency in the Bailiwick of Guernsey), in conjunction with the Royal Mint.
Three versions of the 38.61 mm, £5 coin will be sold: a Brilliant Uncirculated cupro-nickel coin (28.28 g, pictured immediately above); a Proof in .925 sterling silver (28.28 g); and a double-thickness piedfort coin, also .925 sterling silver (56.56 g). The coins can be ordered from the Royal Mint, which will donate 2.5% of the recommended retail price of each coin to the Imperial War Museums.
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