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100 years, 100 poppies. How this year’s Poppy coin perfectly marks the First World War Centenary.

The official new Poppy Coin has just been issued in support of The Royal British Legion and this year it features a stylised The Royal British Legion red poppy, with a poignant nod to the First World War Centenary. Upon closer inspection the singular poppy is made up of 99 individually engraved red ink poppies, making 100 poppies in total for the centenary year of WWI.

I caught up with designer Christopher Lloyd to ask him about the story behind his design:

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2018 Remembrance Poppy Coin Designer, Christopher Lloyd

“Considering it’s an incredibly important year, the coin had to make reference to the centenary year. However, as it is the only official coin to support The Royal British Legion an essential part of the coin had to be the Legion’s stylised poppy.”

“I designed the coin to feature 99 poppies, all of which are highlighted in red ink and encompassed within one much larger poppy, to directly make reference to the First World War Centenary.”

“It has been an honour to design the 2018 Poppy coin. I hope it helps to support the important work of The Royal British Legion.”

A coin for every collection

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The 2018 Remembrance Poppy Coin Design Sketches

This year a whole range of different coin specifications are to be struck, meaning there is a coin for every collector. 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 to mark Remembrance Day during such an important centenary 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 lifelong support to all who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families.

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… 

The 2018 Remembrance Poppy Coins are available now. Click here for more details and to add one to your collection today >>

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

RBL 2018 Poppy Masterpiece 5oz Silver Coin Group - 100 Poppies, 100 years – Creating a masterpiece.

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. 

£500,000 raised for The Royal British Legion

The Westminster Collection has reached an incredible fundraising milestone having raised £500,000 for The Royal British Legion.

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Stephen Allen presents the ‘Battle of the Somme Centenary Proof £5 Coin’ to Ian Jarvis, Community Fundraiser for The Royal British Legion. (L-R: Stephen Allen, Chairman, The Westminster Collection; Ian Jarvis, Community Fundraiser for The Royal British Legion Dorset; Max Allen, Stephen’s eldest son.)

The Westminster Collection has raised the staggering amount since 2008 through the sale of commemorative remembrance-themed coins, honouring the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

This year a special limited edition centenary £5 proof coin has been issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 

The Battle of the Somme Centenary Proof Coin is the only Proof £5 Coin commemorating the Battle of the Somme issued in support of the Legion available anywhere in the world,

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The Battle of the Somme £5 Proof Coin

Stephen Allen, The Westminster Collection’s Chairman, said

“My own family has a close personal history with World War One and we wanted to create unique products which could be passed on to children or grandchildren, to make sure this terrible conflict is never forgotten.”

And the partnership between The Westminster Collection and the Legion is to continue with the announcement of a new three-year partnership.

Stephen added: Though we have been working in partnership with The Royal British Legion since 2004, the first Poppy Coin came about in 2008 as a way to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

“We are delighted that the partnership has continued to grow.”

Claire Rowcliffe, Head of Regional Fundraising at The Royal British Legion, said: “We are extremely proud of our long-term partnership with The Westminster Collection.

“The Westminster Collection is a family business which shares our commitment to supporting the entire Service community; whether it’s helping veterans to remain independent in their homes, offering dementia support and employment or compensation advice, or ensuring people have access to the benefits they deserve.

“Raising £500,000 for the Legion is a truly incredible fundraising milestone. The funds have enabled us to support the memory of the fallen, as well as the future of the living.”

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


Own the Battle of the Somme Centenary Proof Coin for just £25…

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The Battle of the Somme coin has been issued to pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Somme. Designed with the Somme battlefields in mind, the reverse features a masterfully printed and haunting poppy field with an engraved scene depicting soldiers going ‘over the top’ into battle.

Click here to secure your coin for just £25 (+p&p) – 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.