£5 Alderney coin from The Royal Mint commemorates VE Day anniversary

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16 April 2015
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imports_CCGB_alderney-70-th-anniversary-ve-day-5-platinum-reverse-no-toning-adp28811_12228.jpg £5 Alderney coin from The Royal Mint commemorates VE Day anniversary
The Royal Mint has released details of a special £5 coin minted for Alderney to mark the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. ...
The Royal Mint has released details of a special £5 coin minted for Alderney to mark the seventieth anniversary of VE Day.

The coin commemorates the memorable anniversary, looking back at the historic moment when, at 7.45pm on 7 May 1945, the Ministry of Information in London issued the following statement:

'In accordance with arrangements between the three great powers, tomorrow, Tuesday, will be treated as Victory in Europe Day and regarded as a holiday.'

The following day, 8 May 1945, was a day of celebrations with street parties and bonfires, culminating in Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the royal family in front of cheering crowds.

COIN DETAILS

The Royal Mint has minted a £5 limited edition Platinum Proof coin on behalf of the island of Alderney. The coin’s reverse design was produced by one of The Royal Mint’s senior engravers, Lee R Jones, who also designed the seventieth anniversary of D-Day £5 coin, which captures the courage and sacrifice made by those ‘rank and file’ troops on the ground.

Lee said 'The remembrance of the Second World War isn’t just about the great historical figures, the leaders, the politicians, the generals. It’s about the sacrifice and struggle of the ordinary people. This was a war with a terrible reach, extending far beyond the frontlines and battlefields. Fifty million people lost their lives, millions more were injured. Every family experienced loss or hardship and contributed to the war effort in some way.

'The design for this coin drills down to street level on that welcome day when war in Europe was finally over. I hope I have given a glimpse into a personal window, to a country that was battered and bruised, but finally able to erupt in a carnival of celebration and reclaim those bombed out streets for a party to end all parties, their freedom and identity secured.'

Denomination: £5
Maximum coin mintage: 70
Composition/finish: Platinum Proof
Weight: 94.20g
Diameter: 38.61mm
Obverse designer: Jody Clark
Reverse designer: Lee R Jones
Inscription: This is your victory (Sir Winston Churchill)

To purchase the coin, visit The Royal Mint website.

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