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New Poppy Coin revealed today in time for Remembrance Day 2015

A brand new Remembrance Day Poppy Coin has just been released in support of the Royal British Legion.

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The 2015 Remembrance Day £5 Poppy Coin

Issued especially to commemorate Remembrance Day, the Official 2015 Poppy Coin is the latest commemorative to be struck in support of the Legion and features a distinctive new ‘wreath’ poppy design.

I spoke to the designer, Chris Lloyd, to find out his inspiration behind the new design…

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Chris Lloyd –  Designer

I was inspired by the poignant poppy wreaths that are laid on War memorials during remembrance services all over the country and the world.  

“I was keen to form the wreath shape around the edge of the coin using intricately detailed engraved RBL poppies, with individual poppies picked out in the traditional red colour as worn by the public every November.

“I hope that this coin will serve as a timeless reminder of the sacrifices made in conflict both past and present.”

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Designing the 2015 poppy wreath coin

A One-of-a-Kind Design

This exclusive new design is only to be found on the official range of coins issued in support of The Royal British Legion. The nuanced, textured piece of numismatic art is truly as unique as it is beautiful.

The only text on the reverse of the coin – ‘Lest we forget’ – taken from Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen – serves as a starkly poignant reminder of the sacrifice made by so many.

A Range of Coins Available – Each with a Donation

The limited edition coins are available to own in a range of different metals to suit all collections. From a Proof condition £5 coin right up to an impressive 22 Carat Gold edition – there is even a generous 5oz Silver version, truly a sight to behold.

To further 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.

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You can add the 2015 Remembrance Day £5 Proof Coin to your collection today – click here for details.

A donation from the sale of each coin will go directly to The Royal British Legion.


How the Poppy Coin has raised over £450,000 for The Royal British Legion

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Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion

As the distributor of the annual Poppy Coin we are proud to continue supporting The Royal British Legion each year.

The coins, which have often included colour or gold-plated elements, are some of the most innovative pieces struck for collectors over the last 6 years.

Yet owning a Poppy Coin means much more than simply collecting the latest interesting or historic commemorative coin.

Each coin owned by you has resulted in a donation to the work of The Royal British Legion providing financial, social and emotional support to all who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families.

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The 2014 “100 Poppies” Coin broke all previous donation records

Last year we were delighted to raise a record amount of over £130,000 with the special First World War Centenary “100 Poppies” coin. And with over £450,000 raised for the RBL to date, we hope to break the £500,000 mark this year for total donations.

Louise Ajdukiewicz, Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Royal British Legion, says “These funds make a real difference to the charity and help us to continue our vital services supporting the whole Armed Forces community.”

Discover more about how the donations from the Poppy Coin helps The Royal British Legion support the Armed Services community.

But does owning a Poppy Coin provide an alternative to wearing a Poppy or donating directly to The Royal British Legion?  Of course not.

I’ll be making my annual donation to The Royal British Legion and wearing my Poppy with pride this year.  But I have also bought a silver Poppy Coin for each of my children in the knowledge that they will have a valuable reminder of the sacrifices of the First World War.

Own the new Remembrance Day £5 Poppy Coin for just £5 today

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The new 2015 Remembrance Day £5 Poppy Coin

New Poppy coins are made available during the Remembrance period from October each year and this year’s design will be a ‘numismatic ‘first’. The 2015 coin features a poppy wreath encircling the famous quote, ‘Lest we forget’ – the first time that a wreath design has been used on a poppy coin.

Click here to secure your coin for just £5 (postfree) – with a donation going directly to the Legion’s work.

Some examples of how The Royal British Legion supports the Armed Services community:

Care Homes – The Legion has six care homes to provide short and long term care for serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. Situated around the country, they offer a wide range of services including four with specialist dementia care. Care home communities include men and women of varied ages and abilities, and because these homes are exclusive to ex-Service people and their dependants, there is a unique camaraderie.

Break Centres – they offer much-needed breaks to ex-Service and serving personnel and their families, who may be recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event. The Legion have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country.

Handy Van Service – they provide essential and critical support to ex-service people who are unable to carry out household repairs or small jobs, helping them to remain independent in their own homes. The team of trusted handy people are also fully trained caseworkers enabling them to look out for other issues and people at risk in order to flag to the wider welfare team.

Benefits and Money Advice – they offer a confidential, face-to-face Benefits and Money Advice Service to help people manage their finances, including assisting them with making claims for state benefits and also dealing with money problems including debt.

Civvy Street – This service provides a range of information and advice on resettlement, learning and work. Civvy Street is designed to assist in-Service families, armed forces leavers and the veterans’ community adjust to civilian life and kick-start a new career.

My top 7 most extraordinary coins of 2014

Last year was a vintage year for coin collecting.  We saw technological advances, new minting techniques and even a stampede to own the year’s standout US gold coin. In light of this I thought you’d like a rundown of my top 7 extraordinary coins of 2014…

The highest-relief silver 5oz coin ever struck by The Royal Canadian Mint…

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The highest relief 5oz coin ever struck by the Royal Canadian Mint

The 2014 Canada 5oz Silver Proof High-Relief Maple Leaf $50 is almost like a sculpture! To achieve this, technically enhanced tooling was created especially to sustain the additional minting pressure involved.  I’m forever astonished by the impressive weight and size of 5oz coins, and with such high-relief detail, this one was a particular favourite.

The London Tower Bridge Silver Coin Bar…

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The London Tower Bridge Coin Bar, showing truly incredible craftsmanship.

London’s Tower Bridge is one of the world’s most famous landmarks, and now it has been immortalised on a meticulously crafted silver ‘coin bar.’  This unusually shaped coin boasts remarkable craftsmanship with a surprising level of detail for its size. In fact I consider this coin to be one of the most finely engraved coins that I have seen, making it a truly exceptional issue.


You could add the world’s most famous painting to your collection…

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The world’s most famous painting – on a silver coin bar.

The Mona Lisa is of course instantly recognisable, but in 2014 collectors got the chance to own their very own version. This distinctive rectangular silver coin is perfectly suited to show off the famous painting in the best way possible. The Mona Lisa is richly detailed in colour and it was the first time that I had ever seen a piece that combined numismatics with art in such a striking way.


The coin with a hidden secret…

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A UV torch reveals a hidden secret

I was mesmerised when I first saw this coin – because of the hidden secret you can reveal. Representing our home planet, the coin features a beautiful image of Earth surrounded by all eight planets in our solar system. But, all isn’t as it seems, as Earth has been highlighted with special ink so that when a UV light is shone upon the coin the planet is picked out, glowing blue against the rest of the background. For that reason this coin just had to be among my top 7 of the year.

The coin that caused a modern-day gold rush…

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The coin that cased a gold rush

Remarkably, the 2014 JFK Gold Proof Half Dollar caused a stampede of collectors. The US Mint released the coin at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August which saw hundreds of collectors queuing, running and trampling each other just to get their hands on one. Eventually, the Mint was forced to suspend sales to ensure the safety of their customers and employees. The rush was so intense that the police were called to calm things down. Don’t believe me? See for yourself! (click here to watch the YouTube footage)

Marking a poignant year with a charitable commemorative…

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The coin that sold 80,000 in two weeks

The ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London last year was a momentous dedication to the fallen, which inspired the nation. A ‘100 Poppies’ £5 Coin was also issued to mark the centenary of the First World War. For each sale, a donation was made to the Royal British Legion to support their work and provide financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their families. The coin was an unprecedented success – alone raising over £40,000 for the Royal British Legion. It’s not surprising that this coin is no longer available, and having helped to raise such a large amount for the Royal British Legion there is no question about it being one of my top coins of 2014.

Struck using a metal rarer than platinum…

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A metal more precious that platinum

What makes this edition of the 2014 China Silver Panda Coin so special is the fact that it is plated with a metal even rarer than platinum – ruthenium.  The Chinese 10 Yuan is already one of the world’s most sought after silver coins – but this collectable edition tips the bar by combining three of the world’s precious most metals, silver, gold and black ruthenium.  Featuring both a famous design and a one-off finish, it isn’t difficult to understand why the edition limit sold out so fast. The few collectors who own this issue will appreciate just how lucky they are to know that there’s a chance this specification may never be available again.

Of course these are just a handful of the fascinating coins issued last year, and it’s this variety which makes coin collecting so compelling for me. Many have sold out now, but fortunately 2015 is already proving to be just as interesting.  Did you manage to add any to your collection?

If you are interested…

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There is still an opportunity to own one of these coins. With limited stock left, The London Tower Bridge coin is still available to own.

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