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During the last few years collectors of the annual poppy coins, issued in support of The Royal British Legion, have helped raise over £500,000 for the charity to provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
To mark the £500,000 milestone, a very special Poppy Coin has been authorised for release – The Masterpiece 5oz Silver Poppy Coin.
And it is called a masterpiece for a reason. Using cutting edge minting techniques the instantly recognisable red Poppy veritably bursts to life from the face of the coin.
With the design standing over 1.6mm tall, this type of relief can usually only be achieved through relatively unsophisticated casting methods. But this is NOT a cast piece.
It is a fully struck proof coin – and benefits from all the detail, mirroring and frosting that you expect from a commemorative proof coin.
Each coin starts life as a ‘blank’ – a highly polished solid silver disc. Next, the design is struck onto the coin up to 5 times using massive pressure and incredible skill. In fact, the coin is so difficult to produce many dies were broken in the process, but the resulting effect is definitely worth it.
Finally, the colour is applied using a special printing technique to give the coin its famous red Poppy – a perfect fit for a coin officially issued in support of The Royal British Legion.
Just 450 to be issued
With such a complicated and time-consuming minting process, this coin was destined to have a low edition limit. But with just 450 to be struck, it seems it is likely to be one of the most sought-after Poppy Coins ever.
Each coin is carefully placed into a luxury wooden Presentation Case with a viewing window to protect it – befitting the ‘masterpiece’ status.
It is especially poignant that this coin has been issued in 2016 – the centenary of The Battle of The Somme. Suffice to say, this new coin would be at home as the centrepiece of any collection – or just a standalone tribute to those who have served and are serving now.
Available now – with a donation for the Legion…
The 2016 Masterpiece 50z Silver Proof Poppy Coin is available to own right now from The Westminster Collection, although they are expected to sell out quickly as first editions like this are always sought after.
To further support the work of The Royal British Legion, The Westminster Collection have organised for a donation of £49.50 from the sale of each coin to go directly to the charity, helping them to continue to provide financial, social and emotional support to all who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families.
If you’re interested…
You can add The 2016 Masterpiece 5oz Silver Proof Poppy Coin to your collection today – click here for details.
A donation of £49.50 from the sale of each coin will go directly to The Royal British Legion.
The official new Poppy Coin has just been issued in support of The Royal British Legion, and this year it is especially poignant.
2016 is a milestone year as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the First World War battle that has come to symbolise the awful tragedy of the conflict.
To pay respect to those who served, the new coin’s design has been inspired by the falling poppies at the annual Festival of Remembrance – held in the Royal Albert Hall.
I caught up with designer Matt Tindall to ask him about the design:
“As this is the only official Poppy coin issued in support of The Royal British Legion I wanted to make sure the design was instantly recognisable, yet also had a subtle reference to the importance of the year 2016.
“The wording “Lest We Forget” from Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance seemed particularly fitting – and the quotation is covered by 11 falling poppies which of course represent the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
“My grandfather served during the First World War in the South Staffordshire Regiment so it was a real honour to be asked to design the Poppy Coin. The Royal British Legion has always had such an important role in this country and I only hope this coin goes some way to helping their work.”
A coin for everybody
A whole range of different coin specifications are to be struck, meaning there is a coin for every collection. From a special Proof quality cupro-nickel £5 coin – right up to an astonishing 5oz Gold edition, the new Poppy Coin is undoubtedly a moving tribute for Remembrance Day in this historic year.
Officially issued in support of The Royal British Legion
To support the work of The Royal British Legion, The Westminster Collection have organised for a donation from the sale of each coin to go directly to the charity, helping them to continue to provide financial, social and emotional support to all who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families.
If you’re interested…
A donation from the sale of each coin will go directly to The Royal British Legion.