Two national icons – Uncle Sam and Britannia – are pictured together on the Pobjoy Mints coin that celebrates the coming together of these two great powers to fight the rising tide of National Socialism. Officially marking the commencement of the Second World War, there’s a subtle nod here to America’s role in securing the Western Atlantic long before officially joining the war when, in December 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, swiftly followed by Germany declaring war on them. It was well known in Axis quarters which side the US sympathised with.
Uncle Sam has long personified America, especially in the context of conflict, where the figure rises above Liberty in importance, perhaps, along with the iconic Bald Eagle. There’s less confusion over exactly who represents Britain. Britannia and the Lion have been associated with the fortress island for so long that the origins are not fully understood.
Standing side by side, armed, and with their national animals at their feet, there’s no missing the message here – Strength. Sadly, we don’t have actual coin images yet, so these less than stellar images will have to suffice, but Pobjoy coins are much nicer in hand that depicted here. The obverse is a typical Commonwealth one, but using Pobjoy’s own effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
This is a proof silver coin, a standard ounce in weight and formed of sterling 0.925 silver. The mintage is capped at 2,000 pieces, and the price is set at just shy of £50 including vat. Those on a tighter budget will be pleased to know a cupro-nickel variant is also on offer for under a third of that price, although that one comes in a pouch rather than a box with a certificate. Available to order from today.