Long considered one of England’s greatest sporting triumphs, the 1966 FIFA World Cup final was a classic even by the standards of this long running tournament. Most remembered for Englands controversial third goal, argued not to have crossed the line, an argument that persists to this day, the match against West Germany was watched by a staggering 32.3 million viewers, the biggest tv audience in the UK ever. The figure is all the more impressive given that 50 years ago every household didn’t have multiple televisions in them.
Won by England 4-2 after extra time, it was also famous for having the first hat-trick scored in a final, but it remains the only time England have won the trophy. Many of the players went on to become household names, even today, like Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, and Bobby Charlton.
The coins are issued for the island of Alderney and available in two precious metal variants. First up is a 22kt gold coin of almost 40g in weight, and secondly a sterling silver coin at one standard ounce. Both feature identical designs and good quality packaging. We like the design. An amalgamation of many elements; a football upon which sits a partial map of the world, the England shield, the Jules Rimet trophy, and inscriptions around the edge of the coin, it’s a good example of the genre. Mintages are limited to 6600 for the silver (£82.50) and a tiny 120 for the gold (£1,800).
A fine effort made doubly so by 9% of the net retail price being donated to Bobby Moore’s cancer charity, the much admired England captain having succumbed after a fight with the disease back in 1993 aged just 51. Available to order from the Royal Mint now.