The poppy is at the heart of The Royal Mint’s 2018 Remembrance Day commemorative coin

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08 October 2018
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As the world prepares to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, The Royal Mint has issued a special £5 Remembrance Day coin with a striking image of a poppy.

Royal Mint coin designer Laura Clancy, whose ‘falling poppies’ design appears on the 2014 Remembrance Day coin, was commissioned for the centenary coin. She has a strong track record in coin design, having worked on the Portrait of Britain series and a coin to mark 150 years of the Salvation Army.

 

Laura said of her new design: ‘On a research trip to France and Belgium a guide took us around the museums, cemeteries, and memorials. It was such a privilege and source of inspiration. Poppies and Remembrance are synonymous, so I wanted the poppy to be the main feature of the coin. My previous designs have included a bigger one with a much larger inscription. For this I wanted to keep it simple.’

 

The coin is available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof and Silver Piedfort finishes. A donation from each coin purchased will be made to Imperial War Museums. The coin is presented in a fold-out wallet that tells the stories behind the remembrance.

 

Coin details

 

2018 Remembrance Day

 

Issue date: 2 October 2018

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Denomination: £5

Metal: cupro nickel and 925 Ag Sterling Silver

Weight: 28.28g (Brilliant Uncirculated and Silver Proof), 56.56g (Silver Proof Piedfort)

Diameter: 38.61mm

Obverse designer: Jody Clark

Reverse designer: Laura Clancy

Edge type: Milled

 

For more information, visit The Royal Mint’s website.