The Royal British Mint, in association with the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, has released a new five pound crown coin to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The obverse of the coin bears the well known effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley along with the Queen’s legend and “ALDERNEY FIVE POUNDS”. The reverse of the coin designed by Thomas Docherty bears a striking depiction of a squadron of Spitfires waiting to
dive into battle, along with the text “Battle of Britain 1940”.
The Battle of Britain was the only battle ever to have been fought entirely in the air and it was a turning point of the Second World War.
The coin will be issued as both a silver and cupro-nickel version. The sterling silver coin weighs 28.3 grams with a diameter of 38.6 mm. It is struck in proof quality with a mintage of 20,000 examples.
For more information, please visit the website of the royal mint at: http://www.royalmint.com/