In a neat twist, Pobjoy are issuing a limited number of Pegasus bullion coins with a paratrooper privy mark and a proof finish, and they will be struck on the 75th anniversary of D-Day – 6th June. Operation Deadstick was an airborne assault designed to capture two bridges in Normandy. The operation was a success and one of the bridges was named Pegasus after the emblem of the British airborne forces. The bridge was replaced in 1994, some 60 years after its construction, but the name remains on its replacement.
In all other respects, its the same as the standard Pegasus bullion coin, but the paratrooper privy with its incused 1944 date and tiny 1,944 mintage, means this one should be well sought after. The bullion variant is a good looking piece, far better than these less than stellar images suggest, so the proof should look fine. Available now with shipping from the end of the month.
MINTS DESCRIPTION: The Privy Mark itself shows a Paratrooper parachuting down towards Pegasus to symbolise those paratroopers who risked their lives to take Pegasus Bridge during World War II. Originally named the Benouville Bridge, it was renamed Pegasus Bridge on 26th June 1944 in honour of being the first objective taken by the airborne troops in the Normandy campaign. As the badge of the regiment to which the paratroopers belonged featured the winged horse, Pegasus Bridge was an obvious choice.
This particular day, and therefore the coin, has a particular significance to the Pobjoy family as Derek Pobjoy’s Uncle Dennis was actually one of those very paratroopers who parachuted into enemy territory at the very start of “the longest day” which is why Pobjoy Mint have chosen to issue this special coin. Each coin will be accompanied by a special certificate which will be numbered to accentuate the exclusivity of this coin.
Pegasus is one of the best-known creatures in Greek mythology and is probably the defining symbol of British airborne forces and internationally recognised as the classical image of an armed man being delivered into battle by air. The original image that appears on the badge of Bellerophon riding the flying horse was chosen after being suggested by the author Daphne du Maurier who was the wife of a wartime commanding officer of the 1st Airborne Division.