The Treasury of Alderney – Channel Islands have launched a new coin (8th October) which marks Remembrance Day, a day set aside since the cessation of hostilities to mark the end of the First World War. At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, after four years of fighting, an armistice was signed between the opposing armies which formally ended what was once known as the “Great War” to the generation who fought on its battlefields. The reverse design includes a poppy, the symbol of both the Remembrance Day memorial and the ceremony which dates back to the poppy-covered battle fields of the First World War.
In 1915 a volunteer medical officer, John McCrae, was inspired to write ‘In Flanders Fields’ after witnessing poppies flourishing on Belgian battlefields and the graves of the fallen. Two days before the Armistice, the poem inspired Moina Michael to wear a poppy in remembrance of the war dead. She in turn inspired Madame Guerin to sell handmade poppies around Armistice Day to help veterans and their families. The tradition of the poppy – and the Remembrance Day ceremony remains significant today in the United Kingdom and throughout much of the Commonwealth and the new 2012 Remembrance Day coin is a fitting tribute to the bravery of our Armed Forces.
Struck by the Royal Mint, UK, the coin which is designed by Royal Mint Engraver Emma Noble focuses on the symbol of remembrance – the poppy – and includes the emotive words “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ which marked the end of the First World War. To reflect the beauty of this iconic flower, the new 2012 Remembrance Day coin has been color printed to capture the vibrant red of the poppy. The obverse of the commemorative coin bears the current portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and the year “2012”.
Struck in both Cupro-nickel to an FDC quality and in sterling silver to Proof quality, each coin has a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm. A limited mintage of 3000 pieces has been authorized for the silver example. A portion of the proceeds – 50 pence (US$ .80) from every sale of the cupro-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated coin and £5 (US$8.00) from every sale of the Silver Proof coin will be donated by The Royal Mint to The Royal British Legion in support of the charity. The Alderney issue coin is the first in a series of annual commemorative coins designed as a tribute to the Remembrance Day tradition.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Treasury of Alderney and the royal mint, please visit their website at: http://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/remembrance-day International orders fulfilled.