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The Westminster Collection raises £1 Million for The Royal British Legion!

Earlier this year, we hit a company milestone. A milestone that will be hard to ever beat…

On 30th January 2019, news quickly filled the office that through the sales of commemorative Remembrance and Poppy-themed coins, that The Westminster Collection had raised an incredible £1 Million for The Royal British Legion!

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The Westminster Collection raises £1 million for The Royal British Legion

This is an achievement that everyone is immensely proud of, and we are delighted to see that our 15 years partnership with The Royal British Legion has raised such an amazing amount to support the Armed Forces community and their families.

To celebrate this important occasion, company Chairman, Stephen Allen, and our Product Development Team were invited along to The Legion’s Southampton Pop-In Centre where they got the chance to meet volunteers and staff that help the Armed Forces Community. And, perhaps most importantly, presented The Royal British Legion with the £1,007,239.36 cheque!

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Cheque giving ceremony at The Legion’s Southampton Pop-In Centre

“We are delighted to have raised such a significant amount for The Legion. The donations raised will be able to go towards helping the Armed Forces community, which we feel incredibly passionate about as a company.”

Stephen Allen, Chairman of The Westminster Collection

“I am extremely proud that we have the continued support of The Westminster Collection as our partner, supporting us since 2004, which is wonderful, just think of all the lives they have touched and enhanced.   We are thrilled that the partnership has reached an incredible milestone of raising £1 Million in donations, donations raised from each and every coin sold from the iconic Poppy Collection and Commemoratives.

Claire Rowcliffe, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion

We are all excited to see our longstanding partnership continue this year when we launch our brand new range of Poppy commemorative coins in September. If you’re interested in finding out about when they go on sale then make sure you like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram, where we announce all of our latest release news!

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New range of Poppy coins will be revealed in September 2019

If you’d like to find out more about the fantastic work that The Royal British Legion do and why we are so proud of this milestone £1 Million that has been raised for the charity, then read on…


The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families. People need help for many different reasons. They may be facing employment issues or financial difficulties, or may need help related to housing, homelessness or living independently. They may face mental and physical health challenges, need care in later life or need help building local community connections. Whatever issues people face, the Legion’s staff and volunteers are trained so they can direct enquiries to the most appropriate service. And, if there is ever a reason that they can’t help, the Legion’s vast network of partner charities and organisations means that they will know someone who can.

To find out more about The Royal British Legion, please click here.

Just released: The Masterpiece Poppy Coin that’s almost TWICE AS LIMITED as last year’s issue…

Last year an important milestone was reached; over £500,000 was raised, through sales of Poppy coins, for The Royal British Legion. To mark this incredible milestone, 450 very special Masterpiece Poppy Coins were released.

This year, collectors of the annual poppy coins, have helped raise that total to an incredible £700,000 for The Royal British Legion to provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

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The 2017 Masterpiece Silver 5oz Poppy Coin

To mark this new milestone, and the start of The Royal British Legion’s 2017 Poppy Appeal, a 2017 Masterpiece Poppy has been authorised which is even more limited than last year’s issue.

Just 250 to be issued

With a strict edition limit of just 250 pieces this makes the 2017 Masterpiece Coin almost twice as limited as the 2016 Masterpiece issue.

And it is called a masterpiece for a reason. Using cutting edge minting techniques and specialist craftsmanship, the instantly recognisable red Poppy veritably bursts to life from the face of the coin.

As well as the stunning enamel, the 2017 Masterpiece Poppy Coin also has an incredible ultra-high relief, standing over 1.6mm tall. This type of relief can usually only be achieved through relatively unsophisticated casting methods. But this is NOT a cast piece.

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From blank to finished coin – striking the Masterpiece Poppy Coin

It is a fully struck proof coin – and benefits from all the detail, mirroring and frosting that you expect from a commemorative proof coin.

Each coin starts life as a ‘blank’ – a highly polished solid silver disc. Next, the design is struck onto the coin up to 5 times using massive pressure and incredible skill. In fact, the coin is so difficult to produce many dies were broken in the process, but the resulting effect is definitely worth it.

Finally, the coloured enamel is applied to give the coin its famous red Poppy – a perfect fit for a coin officially issued in support of The Royal British Legion.

Each coin is heated to a precise temperature while the enamel colour is prepared. The enamel is applied expertly by hand and heated in between each application to ensure a smooth finish. The end result is astonishing and defines the essence of the Masterpiece.

Available now – with a donation to the Legion…

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The luxury wooden presentation case with viewing window

The 2017 Masterpiece 5oz Silver Proof Poppy Coin is available to own right now from The Westminster Collection, although they are expected to sell out quickly as they are almost twice as limited as last year’s issue.

To further support the work of The Royal British Legion, The Westminster Collection have organised for a donation of £49.50 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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The 2017 Masterpiece Silver 5oz Poppy Coin shown to scale against a 10p piece

If you’re interested…

You can add The 2017 Masterpiece 5oz Silver Proof Poppy Coin to your collection today – click here for details.

A donation of £49.80 from the sale of each coin will go directly to The Royal British Legion.

Why this year’s official Poppy coin is one of the most poignant yet…

The official new Poppy Coin has just been issued in support of The Royal British Legion and this year the design features the stylised poppy that’s synonymous with the Legion with particularly poignant wording from the ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

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

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Christopher Lloyd, designer of the Official Poppy Coin 2017

“As the coin is the only official coin to support The Royal British Legion, the most important part of the coin had to be the Legion’s stylised poppy. I wanted to make this the centrepiece of the coin so decided to highlight the poppy in full colour.”

“The brief this year was to use the wording from Laurence Binyon’s famous poem ‘For the Fallen’ which was written during the First World War. I felt the words ‘We Will Remember Them’ were particularly poignant, especially as it forms part of the ‘Ode of Remembrance’ which is recited at remembrance services across the world, so I gave these special words the same red highlighting as the poppy itself to make it really stand out”.

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2017 Remembrance Poppy Coin Design Sketches

“It has been an honour to design the 2017 Poppy coin and I hope it helps to support the important work of The Royal British Legion.”

A coin for every collection

A whole range of different coin specifications are to be struck, meaning there is a coin for every collection. 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 for Remembrance Day and it’s certainly one of my favourites.

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 emotional support to all who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families.


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2017 Remembrance Poppy Gold-Plated Proof Coin

If you’re interested…

The 2017 Remembrance Gold-Plated Proof £5 Poppy Coin is available now.

Click here for more details and to add one to your collection today…

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