The Treasury of the Isle of Man Government have announced the issue of a memorial coin which marks the 50th year of the passing of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, he was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer and an artist. Churchill was also the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. At the forefront of politics for 50 years, he held many political and cabinet positions before becoming Prime Minister following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain in May 1940. His absolute refusal to consider defeat or surrender helped inspire British resistance, especially during the early days of the Second World War. Churchill was particularly well known for his speeches and radio broadcasts, which helped inspire the British people. He led Britain as Prime Minister of its first ever coalition government until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.
After the Conservative Party lost the General Election in 1945, Churchill became Leader of the Opposition but returned as Prime Minister after the Conservative won the 1951 Election. He retired in 1955. Upon his death, Queen Elizabeth II granted him the honor of a state funeral which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history. Named Greatest Briton of all time in 2002, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential people in British history
The coin, struck by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the Isle of Man Treasury, features on the reverse, a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill giving his exceptionally famous ‘V for Victory’ sign. The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
Available in both Cupro Nickel (BU) and Proof Sterling Silver, all are produced to the highest quality and the precious metal coins have been struck four times to produce the famous Pobjoy Proof finish.
For more information on these and other coins issued by the Government of the Isle of Man Treasury, please visit the website of Pobjoy Mint at: http://www.pobjoy.com/products/commemorative-coins/ Information offered in English – international orders dispatched.