The Royal Mint’s latest Remembrance Day coin is now available and has been issued in a gold variant for the first time. This year marks the 100th time that the Remembrance Day service has been held, starting just one year after the end of what until then had been mankind’s greatest conflagration.
This is a typical design, featuring the iconic poppy motif that has become so inextricably linked with this annual commemoration. We preferred last years excellent design, to be honest, but this one gets the job done and is a nice way to honour the sacrifice of those who have given so much in all the wars of the last century.
Three versions this year. The same 1oz (standard, not troy) of sterling 0.925 silver constitutes the main offering, with a piedfort coin of 2oz being identical in every way except thickness. The new kid on the block is a 22kt gold coin similar in size and weight to the mints traditional £5 coins, at 39.94 grams. Packaging is neat on all – standard mint fare, of course. The obverse is the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, along with the inscribed issue details.
In a terrific additional touch, the mint has put the silver coin in a box along with a set of original 1919 circulating currency for just 100 examples. At £280.00 it’s obviously pricier than the solo coin at £90.00, but what a neat gift for the veteran, particularly of the Second World War now those that fought in the First have sadly left us. Unfortunately, this set has sold out at the mint, but you may be able to get one at a dealer. All the others are available to order now.