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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.

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A new Edith Cavell £2 Coin?

In the wake of the furore surrounding the brand new First World War commemorative £2 featuring Lord Kitchener, a few ideas have been mooted as to who else should be included in the five-year commemorative coin series from outbreak through to armistice.

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The new Kitchener £2 has been criticised for being too jingoistic

Kitchener’s famous finger pointing at the reader and his call ‘Your Country Needs You’ has been branded by critics as jingoistic and a glorification of war rather than a reflection on the sheer loss of life which occurred.

The Royal Mint has confirmed that future designs would include other figures connected with the war, but have remained tight-lipped on who these figures will be.

35,000 Signatures

Edith Cavell is amongst the most popular suggestions, and a petition with over 35,000 in signatures has added considerable weight to the case.

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An artist’s impression of what an Edith Cavell £2 coin might look like

Born as the daughter of a vicar in 1865, Edith Cavell was the wartime nurse who was executed for providing care to wounded soldiers irrespective of their nationality.  She, along with Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. She was arrested by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and despite worldwide condemnation, was shot by a German firing squad on 12 October 1915.

Patriotism is not enough…

Her last words were “I realise that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

Thousands of people lined the streets for her funeral procession before she was buried at Norwich Cathedral.

Sioned-Mair Richards, the Sheffield Labour Councillor who started the petition believes Cavell was ‘simply a nurse trying to do her duty, and should be honoured by her country as a woman who was one of the best’.

Which design would you prefer to appear on this year’s £2 coin? Vote below.


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