The Treasury of Alderney has launched new coins remembering England’s historic victory over Germany to capture the 1966 World Cup in Wembley Stadium.
The tournament was the eighth such championship and was held at various venues in England from July 11-30, 1966. The host nation opened the tournament in Group One when they played Uruguay, a firm favorite with some of the most enthusiastic football supporters anywhere. The game ended in a scoreless draw. England’s next match would be against Mexico, also a strong favorite. This match ended up with 2-0 win for England, sending the host country’s team on their way to the next round where they would face France.
The game against France was a bit more predictable. Roger Hunt scored both goals for England in the 38th and 75th minutes. With this win, England made it to the quarter finals and would play against Argentina from Group Two. A single goal against this powerhouse team put England on its way to the semi-finals against Portugal, a team that had just qualified for the first time since the World Cup was founded in 1930.
On the other side of the semi-finals, West Germany defeated the Soviet Union’s team 2-1. With this win and England’s eventual win over Portugal, also by a score of 2-1, the World Cup final would be England vs. West Germany.
To say the atmosphere in the country was tense would have been an understatement. The thought that England could perhaps win their first-ever World Cup had become a real possibility and the nation would learn its fate just four days after the semi-final against Portugal.
Germany’s national team had a fierce reputation with a World Cup win to their credit in 1954. They were considered one of the most successful teams internationally and were the one team England had hoped they didn’t have to face in this tournament.
Aside from being remembered as England’s first and only world championship, the 1966 tournament is also remembered for Geoff Hurst’s “hat trick,” in which he was able to successfully score three goals in one game. Hurst remains the only man to score a hat-trick in any World Cup final.
As the game was approaching extra time with a stadium full of more than 96,000 spectators, the final result was England’s 4 goals to West Germany’s 2 goals; controversially, Germany’s scored three times but a goal was later disallowed. BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme had described the closing moments of the game with these now famous words: “And here comes Hurst. He’s got… some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now! It’s four!”
With this last commentary, the game was indeed all over and England had won their first World Cup championship. Captain Bobby Moore was presented with the championship trophy by the Queen, who had been in the stadium to witness the victory. The Queen congratulated each player individually and they were later welcomed at Buckingham Palace after the tournament, hailed as heroes by the nation and media.
The coins’ reverse design was created by Emma Noble of the Royal Mint and depicts the Jules Rimet Trophy, the original prize for winning the Football World Cup. On the obverse is an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, along with the year of issue.
|Five Pounds||Cupro-nickel||28 Grams||38.6 mm.||BU||unlimited|
|Five Pounds||.925 silver||28 Grams||38.6 mm.||Proof||6600 pieces|
|Five Pounds||.999.9 Gold||39.94 Grams||38.6 mm.||Proof||120 pieces|
As part of the coins’ issue, a special striking ceremony was held on the June 2 with Stephanie Moore, widow of Bobby, who struck a variant of the gold coin in Brilliant Uncirculated ‘mint condition’ version. It later took center stage in the official coin toss at Wembley Stadium in the match between England and Portugal — the last international game before the England team heads to France for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
The coins are available in gold and silver (Proof) and in cupro-nickel (BU), and are the only authorized coins from the Royal Mint to celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s win in 1966. A donation from each coin purchased will be made to the Bobby Moore Fund, remembering the 1966 cup-winning captain and supporting Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research into bowel cancer.
For more information on these and other coins issued by the Treasury of Alderney, please visit the Web site of the Royal Mint. International sales will be dispatched where applicable.