£2 coin marks 75th anniversary of VE Day

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04 May 2020
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The Royal Mint pays special thanks to the wartime generation who gave so much and honours their spirit and sacrifice with a £2 commemorative coin and historic coin set, which were created in association with the Imperial War Museum (IWM).

One of the most important days in British – and European – history, VE Day, celebrates a milestone anniversary this year.

Whilst 2020 sees the world face a different type of battle, 8 May 1945 saw the beginning of the end of the Second World War, the six-year conflict that cost millions of lives and shaped the future of countries and continents.  

The VE Day £2 commemorative coin was created by Royal Mint graphic designer Dominique Evans and symbolises the first steps towards peace and recovery.

Dominique said:

“Iconic images of VE Day serve to remind us of the magnitude of events. Millions came together in the streets to celebrate the end of the war in Europe, inspiring me to put people at the very heart of this coin. The rays evoke search lights, a familiar sight in the skies during wartime, except here they represent rays of hope.  

“VE Day is still a piece of living history. I hope the coin enables people to capture the poignancy of this landmark anniversary, one remembered by those who were there and celebrated by the generations that followed.”

Special historic coin sets have also been created as part of the collection which include the official VE Day 75 commemorative £2 coin and the circulating coinage from 1945 has been created to capture the spirit and stoicism of the wartime generation and the gratitude of those that followed.

The Royal Mint will also strike just 750 Sovereigns featuring Benedetto Pistrucci’s iconic St George and the dragon design on 8 May 2020. The coin features a special VE Day 75 mint mark and the striking is authenticated by a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. 

The VE Day coin and historic sets are available to purchase from www.royalmint.com in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, prices start from £10. A donation from each coin purchased will be made to Imperial War Museums, to support their valuable work.


The 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 Coin Specifications 

 

 

 

Coin title

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020

UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020

UK £2 Silver Proof Coin

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020

UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020

UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£2

£2

£2

£2

Alloy

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - 925 Ag/ Outer - 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner - 925 Ag/ Outer - 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner:  916.7 Au Yellow Gold, Outer:  916.7 Au Red Gold

Weight

12.00g

12.00g

24.00g

15.97g

Diameter

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Dominique Evans

Dominique Evans

Dominique Evans

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

4,750

1,635

475

RRP

£10

£67.50

£110.00

£1,055.00

 


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