MINTS DESCRIPTION: During the First World War, numerous employees of The Royal Mint lost their lives and some staff members in active service were even awarded medals made by their own colleagues. Our role then was to produce munitions for the war and keep coin production running. Now, 100 years later, we play a different role, marking the centenary of the First World War with a commemorative collection that has taken us from the outbreak of the conflict to the much-needed Armistice.
THE GUNS FALL SILENT: British sculptor Paul Day is no stranger to creating poignant memorials, one of his most famous pieces of work is the Battle of Britain monument situated on the Victoria Embankment, London. For the reverse of this coin he has chosen the image of a lone soldier, reminding us of the human cost of war. Each coin comes with thoughtfully designed packaging, where you can read about the story of the Armistice and the inspiration behind your coin’s moving design. The stories of war are brought to life through specially sourced images and accounts produced in conjunction with Imperial War Museums, who receive a donation from each coin purchased.
THE TRUTH UNTOLD: To mark the centenary of the Armistice, Stephen Raw, an internationally renowned textual artist, has created a design for this £2 coin reminding us all of the truth and pity of war. He was inspired by Wilfred Owen, perhaps the best known of the ‘soldier poets’, and the design features an inscription taken from Owen’s poem, ‘Strange Meeting’. Stephen Raw went beyond inspiration, actually visiting France to take clay for his model from the Sambre-Oise Canal where Owen was killed in 1918. This limited edition coin has been finished to the finest Proof standard and comes with a booklet filled with imagery and information sourced with the help of Imperial War Museums.