The Pobjoy Mint seem to be on a bit of a roll with their new releases lately, and this latest one commemorates one of the most important battles of the 20th century, the Battle of Britain. At a time when only Britain stood against the Nazi threat, the bravery and determination of the Royal Air Force and its pilots, inflicted upon Germany its first, and many would say, most critical defeat. While no Stalingrad or D-Day in scope or brutality, without this battle, Germany would have been free to commit all her forces at a more opportune time in their eastern campaign. With Britain remaining in the war and her subsequent commiting of forces to the Greek campaign, the German invasion of Russia had fewer forces and was months late commencing. The rest as they say, is history.
The coin is a pretty standard specification, a 1oz sterling silver of 38.6mm diameter, but this time the mint has made the coin available in two versions. The second version has some selective colouring highlighting the tracer fire from the Messerschmidt fighter in the background. It’s quite effective, but it’s nice to have the choice regardless.
Available to order now direct from the Pobjoy Mint, the coloured coin sells for £66.62 plus taxes, with the uncoloured at £58.29, also plus taxes. For those on a budget, or simply collectors of bimetallic coins, both are available in copper-nickel for under £20. The mint issued a 60th anniversary coin back in 2000 that is also worth seeking out and for which we’ve added an image lower down the article.