The Royal Mint commemorates the 70th Anniversary of D-Day landings…
The Royal Mint is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a specially commissioned official £5 crown for Alderney imagining a poignant moment from 6 June 1944 when the campaign to liberate France began.
The design, by Royal Mint engraver Lee R. Jones, portrays two British soldiers wading through the shallows from their landing craft, heading for the fortified beaches ahead, artillery fire creating splashes in the water around them. The scene is depicted as though from a fellow soldier’s viewpoint, giving the coin a sense of the personal story that stands behind one of the most important moments of the Second World War. The coin bears the codenames of the D-Day landing beaches, and the obverse of the coin features the classic portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
The coin is available struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, presented in a display folder that protects it and tells the story of the events of D-Day. It is also available struck in 925 sterling silver to Royal Mint Proof standard in a Limited Edition Presentation of just 1,944 – recalling the year of Operation Overlord. A further 70 coins have been struck in 22 carat gold, again to our unrivalled Proof finish. The gold coins have already sold out!
This 70th anniversary coin will appeal to those with an interest in military history or coin collecting, or for those who wish to remember someone who fought in the campaign.
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has a history dating back over 1,000 years. By the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK.
On 1 January 2010 the assets of The Royal Mint Trading Fund were vested into a government company, called The Royal Mint Limited. HM Treasury remains 100% owner of the shares of the company. All assets of an historical nature have been vested into a separate company, The Royal Mint Museum, to preserve, protect and enhance them for future generations. With the exception of the assets separated into the Museum, all other assets and liabilities, including those of a contingent nature, were transferred into the new company effective 1 January 2010.
In 2011 The Royal Mint’s site was chosen to host the Prime Minister David Cameron’s first government cabinet meeting in Wales, UK.
In 2012, The Royal Mint introduced a new fineness of Britannia bullion coins, building on the bullion Sovereign’s long-standing reputation for integrity, accuracy, and positioning The Royal Mint and its bullion products as a premium proposition in this marketplace. The Royal Mint also launched a highly-secure on-site bullion Vault storage facility in December 2012.
The Royal Mint has been making military campaign medals since it was commissioned to make medals for soldiers who fought in the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The year 2012 was of particular significance for The Royal Mint’s medal-making team, with the manufacture of all 4,700 Victory Medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.