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100 Poppies, 100 years – Creating a masterpiece.

This year marks one hundred years since the First World War came to an end, making the 2018 Poppy coin designs even more special.

The Masterpiece Poppy Coin

Issued in support of The Royal British Legion, the brand new Masterpiece Poppy coin very poignantly and quite literally stands out as it uses an incredible 3 dimensional effect.

It’s called a Masterpiece for a reason. Using cutting edge minting techniques and specialist craftsmanship, a stylised Royal British Legion poppy, proudly sits on top of your coin, resulting in an exceptional 9mm relief.

What’s more, there’s another aspect that makes this year’s Masterpiece Poppy so special.  

British Artillery Shell

You see, the Golden coloured poppy that adorns your coin has been made from inert brass British artillery shell fuses recovered from the First World War battlefield of the Somme and areas of France and Belgium. Some were recovered by Chris Bennett of TMB Art Metal, but most were trawled in by farmers from ploughed fields.

The shells are then brought back to the UK, where they are melted down and poured into a mould. It is then cooled and cleaned to created the high-relief poppy. 

Straight from the frontline

And that’s not all, each poppy has a central disc of red enamel which has been applied by hand and, to add even more poignancy, this enamel is mixed with earth recovered from several locations along the British Front Line of the Somme and Passchendaele areas in Belgium.

Therefore, not only are the poppies made of actual WW1 metal, but they also possess the very essence of the battlefield which the brave soldiers fought and died upon, and that many still lie at peace beneath.

100 Poppies, 100 years

Significantly, 99 poppies have been engraved into the surface of the coin, making 100 poppies in total to reflect the centenary anniversary.

The finish on this year’s Masterpiece design is a stunning antique effect. It means that, should you wish, you can actually touch the coin and the brass poppy itself. A chance to hold a genuine piece of history in your hands.

Watch the below video to see the incredible detail that has gone into this years stunning release. 

Presentation that befits your masterpiece

And, as befits such a masterpiece, its presentation matches the coin’s impressiveness.

The luxurious wooden display case allows you to display your Masterpiece Poppy Coin to the best advantage, with its glass lid protecting the coin. Inside the box is space for the individually hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity, as well as the accompanying booklet that tells the story of the Masterpiece Poppy Coin from concept to final coin.

Available now – with a donation to The Royal British Legion

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The 2018 Masterpiece 5oz Silver Proof Poppy Coin is available to own right now from The Westminster Collection, although they are expected to sell out quickly.

To further support the work of The Royal British Legion, a donation of £55 from the sale of each coin will go directly to the charity, helping them to continue to provide financial, social and life-long support to the Armed Forces community.

£1,000,000 Milestone

What’s more, since our partnership began we are on target to raise an incredible £1,000,000 in support of The Royal British Legion.


If you’re interested…

You can own the 2018 Masterpiece Poppy coin by clicking here >>

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The 2018 Masterpiece Poppy Coin 

£55.00 from the sale of this product will be paid to The Royal British Legion Trading Limited, which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion (charity no. 219279) or Poppyscotland (Scottish charity SC014096). Your donation will be given to either charity based on where the item was purchased. 

Coin of the Year – the results!

The results are in and I can now reveal your top 3 coin designs of the year!

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3rd place – The Guernsey 2014 First World War Centenary £5 Coin
2nd Place – The UK 2014 Lord Kitchener £2 Coin

And the winner….

1st Place – The Jersey 2014 ‘100 Poppies’ £5 Coin

Thanks for all your votes!  The striking design and the importance of the work of the Royal British Legion combined to make the ‘100 Poppies’ coin a real stand out this year.

Now it’s time to look forward to the new issues for 2015!


If you’re interested…

We still have some stock available of the UK 2014 Lord Kitchener £2 Coin. Click here

What’s your coin of the year?

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We have selected our top ten shortlist of the most popular coin designs of the year – which one is your favourite?

Cast your vote now using the poll at the bottom of the page.

A) The Jersey 2014 70th Anniversary of D-Day £5

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Celebrating 70 years since the heroics of D-Day, this £5 coin from Jersey depicted a soldier landing on the beaches during the epic conflict.

B) The Canada 2014 Royal Generations 1oz Silver Coin

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For the first time ever, four generations of the Royal Family were engraved on this Canadian $20 coin. Also of note is the fact that the coin shows the direct line of succession for the throne.

C) The Jersey 2014 ‘100 Poppies’ £5 Coin

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Issued in support of the Royal British Legion, this coin grabbed the headlines with its 100 engraved poppies, one for each year since the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

E) The Guernsey 2014 First World War Centenary £5 Coin

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Issued to commemorate the Centenary of World War I, this emotive coin from Guernsey features lines from Laurence Binyon’s famous poem ‘For the Fallen’ alongside a uniformed soldier.

F) The UK 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p

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In July the Commonwealth Games was held in Glasgow – and the nation really got behind ‘the friendly games.’ The Royal Mint issued this 50p featuring a runner and a cyclist alongside text in the ‘arts and crafts’ style.

G) The Cook Islands 2014 Moldavite Meteorite Impact Coin

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Surely one of the most innovative coins of the year – this remarkable concave coin features a real piece of Moldavite – a mineral created during a meteorite collision with the Earth millions of years ago.

H) The UK 2014 ‘Year of the Horse’ Silver Coin

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In 2014 the Royal Mint decided to copy the other established mints of the world and introduce a ‘lunar’ coin, principally for export to China. An unusual departure for our coinage, it’s nonetheless an energetic and lively depiction of a horse.

I) The Cook Islands 2014 Tyrannosaurus Rex Coin

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Containing a hidden secret, this photographic T-Rex coin reveals the skeleton of the dinosaur when a UV light is shone over the surface.

J) The Guernsey 2014 Reflections of a Reign Coronation Coin

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Looking back at some of the key moments of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, this Guernsey coin features an engraving of the young Queen, alongside a full colour photograph of her Coronation ceremony.

K) The UK 2014 Lord Kitchener £2 Coin

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One of the most talked about coins of the year, this British £2 coin reproduced the iconic ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster which symbolised the early years of the First World War.

Cast your vote now!