Honouring a legendary war hero — NEW Commemoratives issued to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Douglas Bader Foundation

This year marks 40 years since the founding of the Douglas Bader Foundation. To celebrate the occasion a range of NEW commemoratives have been issued in partnership with the charity. But, before I go into any details about these new issues, I want to tell you about the fascinating life of the foundation’s namesake – Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader.

Sir Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader was born in London in 1910 and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1930. Tragically, 18 months later he was in a plane crash in which he lost both legs.

Due to this accident, he was discharged from the RAF and was forced to find work elsewhere.

However, after the outbreak of the Second World War, Bader was able to rejoin the air force. He became a leading airman during WW2, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes at Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. In 1941, he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war.

During his descent, Bader lost his right artificial limb. He persuaded his German captors to radio England to ask them to send over a replacement leg. On the night of 19 August 1941, during a normal bombing raid, his new leg was dropped from a Blenheim, along with some stump socks, tobacco, and chocolate.

Despite his disability, he made several escape attempts. Bader was eventually placed in Colditz until its liberation in 1945.

Douglas Bader was a charismatic and controversial character. After the war, he campaigned tirelessly on behalf of amputees and people with disabilities. He inspired millions with his example and was honoured with a knighthood in 1976. He is considered a national hero for both his war efforts and his work with the disabled which he was involved in up until he died in 1982.

The Douglas Bader Foundation

The Douglas Bader Foundation was established immediately following his death in 1982 by his friends and family, many of whom had flown by his side during the war.

For 40 years, the Douglas Bader Foundation has worked to help people with disabilities, supplying prosthetics, grants, and support to many people.

To support this fantastic charity, a donation from the sale of each of the brand-new commemoratives will go directly to the Douglas Bader Foundation.

So, let’s take a closer look at the new range ….

The Silver Spitfire Commemoratives

These incredible Silver Spitfire commemoratives feature a 3D Spitfire model crafted from a genuine piece of aluminium from a Spitfire AB910.

AB910 flew in The Dieppe Raid – one of the most significant air battles in history and flew cover patrols over Normandy beachheads on D-Day.

I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Douglas Bader and the Douglas Bader Foundation. The daring airman flew Spitfires over Dunkirk and during the Battle of Britain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCrNjGHVLk

These are available in both 1oz and 5oz silver specifications. With a small amount of this historic metal available, just a limited number of these commemoratives can be made.

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Douglas Bader Medal Box Set

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Strictly limited to JUST 250 worldwide, a spectacular box set has been released to honour the extraordinary life of Douglas Bader. This set brings together not one, but three full-coloured commemoratives designed by artist Adam Tooby.

Alongside these commemoratives also sits replicas of three of the many medals that Bader received during his astonishing military career.

As this set comes beautifully displayed in a presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity, it is the perfect collector’s piece.

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The 50p coins that walked in Nelson’s footsteps

What is the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission?

I’ll give you a clue (beyond the one in the title). It’s now in its 245th year of service.

The answer is HMS Victory, probably the most famous ship in Britain.

I was surprised to hear that she is still part of the Royal Navy’s fleet, having never been officially decommissioned.

HMS Victory has been in dry dock for 100 years, but she is the flagship of the First Sea Lord, the military head of the Royal Navy.

Over 200 years ago, HMS Victory was the flagship of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, helping the British see off the might of the larger combined fleet of the French and Spanish during the Battle of Trafalgar.

Five-coin set honours HMS Victory for the first time ever

Now, this famous naval vessel is appearing on Silver 50p coins alongside Lord Nelson himself for the very first time as part of a very limited five-coin set.

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The HMS Victory Silver Proof 50p Coin Set

And our entire edition limit of Silver 50p sets was taken aboard HMS Victory last month and placed in Nelson’s day cabin to soak up centuries of incredible history.

The five 50p designs feature the following:

  • HMS Victory at full sail
  • The ship’s stern
  • Canons at fire
  • A portrait of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson
  • Nelson’s final moments

Each coin is struck from .925 Sterling Silver to a Proof finish and features its design in full colour!

And the complete set includes the first Lord Nelson 50p coin!

Tiny edition limit: Just 400 sets available

Just 400 sets are available; a tiny edition limit. For some perspective, when The Royal Mint released a Silver Proof £5 celebrating Admiral Nelson they sold out of an edition limit of 30,000.

How long can 400 sets possibly last? Especially knowing that they have been aboard Victory… 

Please don’t delay here or you will miss out.

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By purchasing one of the HMS Victory Silver 50p Sets you will be helping to maintain this important piece of British naval history. £17.45 will be donated to the National Museum of the Royal Navy for each set sold.

Watch our video below where we explore HMS Victory and discuss this exciting new coin set!


You may also be interested in our blog on the HMS Victory Masterpiece Silver 5oz 50p — in a presentation alongside real wood from HMS Victory’s restoration.

80 years on from El Alamein: The battle we simply had to win…

“Before Alamein we never had a victory. After we never had a defeat.”
Winston Churchill

It’s 1942 and the fortunes of war are running against the Allies on almost every front.

In the east, the Soviets are in collapse.

In the Atlantic, U-boats are crippling the ferrying-in of Britain’s vital supplies.

While, in western Europe, Nazi troops are the occupying force in country after country.

To North Africa, where Rommel’s Afrika Korps are trying to break through to the Suez Canal – and to that all important oil of the Middle East.

To stop them, the Egyptian village of El Alamein, situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Qattara Depression, simply had to be held.

The defending Allies were represented by the Eighth Armythe ‘Desert Rats’, led by General Montgomery.

Montgomery had a plan. He would launch a diversionary attack to the south, while the main attack would come from the north, nearer to the coast.

And 80 years ago, on the night of 23-24 October 1942, the attack began.

A noise so great, the gunners’ ears bled

It started with the firing of over 800 artillery pieces at the German lines, creating a noise so great that, according to legend, the ears of the gunners bled.

When the infantry attacked, they were followed by tanks that moved through the minefield along a path cleared by engineers.

Outnumbered and under constant attack from land and air forces, on November 4th, Rommel, refusing to carry out Hitler’s suicidal order to fight to the last, retreated.

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El Alamein 1942: British infantry advances through the dust and smoke of the battle.
Image Credit: Chetwyn (Sgt), No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

The Battle of El Alamein, fought in the deserts of North Africa with tank warfare at the heart of it, was undoubtedly one of the pivotal battles of World War II.

The battle revived the morale of the Allies and helped turn the tide during the war. As Churchill noted, “After Alamein we never had a defeat”.

The Battle of El Alamein NumisProof

A Silver Proof NumisProof Commemorative has been issued to mark the 80th Anniversary of the battle of El Alamein.

This stunning NumisProof has been struck from Sterling Silver to a perfect Proof finish, it features a full colour design created by world renowned digital artist Adam Tooby.

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It depicts the two leading military commanders involved in the battle – Britain’s Bernard Montgomery and Germany’s Erwin Rommel, with the battle raging in the background.

For such an important anniversary of such an important WWII battle, you’ll be surprised by the edition limit. Just 250 have been authorised.

Today I invite you to be one of just 250 people in the world to own this scarce 80th anniversary commemorative.

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