Royal Mint have announced their programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War with a £2 coin that honors the Royal Navy. The designs are now being released in precious metal editions – Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Silver Proof Piedfort.
As an island nation, Britain has been largely dependent on the seas for supplies and communications. The Royal Navy began their service in the First World War from the outset, carrying troops to France to begin the campaign on land. Naval troops would go on to fight on land, in the trenches and in the air. The Royal Navy’s command of the oceans during the First World War kept Britain supplied and the front line reinforced until victory finally came.
The detailed reverse design of this striking coin, by respected military artist David Rowlands, features a Royal Navy battleship, a symbol of the Royal Navy’s power, representing the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered.
The obverse bears the definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS – the last time that this, the definitive fourth portrait of UK coinage will be featured on the 2015 £2 coin.
The Royal Mint recently announced that a new Royal Navy £2 coin will enter circulation at some stage during 2015, the same year that the definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty will be replaced for the first time since 1998. The Royal Mint has now revealed that while the Royal Navy 2015 £2 circulating coins released later this year will feature the new portrait of The Queen, which will be unveiled on the 2nd March, a very small number have also been struck with the current definitive coinage portrait of The Queen.
From this week onwards visitors to the HMS Belfast in London should keep a close lookout for limited edition £2 coins which have been produced to honor the role that the Royal Navy played during the First World War. If you are visiting London and you find one of the new Royal Navy £2 coins in your change, let The Royal Mint know by sharing a photo on The Royal Mint Facebook page or posting it on Twitter using the hashtag #coinhunt.
For more information on these and other coins which pay tribute to the centenary of the First World War, please visit this section of the Royal Mint website. Information offered in English – international orders dispatched.