Each year Remembrance Sunday provides an opportunity for the nation to reflect on those brave men and women who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. But this year will be especially poignant. As we also commemorate the 80th Anniversary of one of the truly remarkable chapters in our nation’s history – the Battle of Britain.
Introducing the official 2020 Remembrance Masterpiece Silver 5oz Poppy Coin
There is one coin that avid collectors await the release of – the “Masterpiece Poppy Coin”. The name says it all. Cutting edge minting techniques and materials, representing the pinnacle of craftsmanship. But let me explain what makes this year’s Masterpiece Poppy so special…
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Take a look at the images and you’ll see that a single stylised Royal British Legion poppy, proudly sits on top of this coin. Multiple poppies have then been engraved into the surface of the coin, resulting in an exceptional 3 dimensional effect.
But the incredibly rare facet of this year’s poppy coin is that it’s been crafted from a genuine piece of Spitfire.
Expertly crafted from a Spitfire with a remarkable story to tell
Incredibly, this year, the silver poppy that adorns the reverse of each of these coins has been made from a piece of Spitfire PM631 – ensuring each coin is uniquely different and features a piece of tangible aerial history.
Originally built in late 1945, the Spitfire PM631 saw service with the Battle of Britain memorial flight for nearly FIFTY years between 1957 and 2006. You may also remember that it had a starring role in a famous WWII Movie – Battle of Britain, made in 1969.
Once the Spitfire piece has been melted down and poured into a shaped mould, it is cooled and cleaned to create the high-relief poppy. After this, it is laser engraved with the official Spitfire plane from which the metal was taken – PM631. Check out the images below to see the process the Spitfire metal goes through to come a Masterpiece poppy…
But even then, it is important to remember, this is NOT a cast piece. The surface of the coin has actually been struck in sterling silver and has then expertly plated in 24ct gold. The finish is a stunning matte appearance achieved using a technique called ‘Sandblasting’. This means it has all of the detail that you expect from a commemorative coin but allows you to touch the coin and hold a genuine, iconic piece of history in the palm of your hand.
As I am sure you can appreciate, given all of the individual elements that have to be carefully curated for each individual coin, the edition limit as a consequence is incredibly low. In fact, only 300 of these coins have been produced, with number one fittingly being donated to The Royal British Legion themselves. Which means only 299 coins remain for collectors.
We do not expect these coins to be around for long. And remember, for each coin sold a donation will go straight to The Royal British Legion in support of all their work.
Available now – with a donation to The Royal British Legion
The 2020 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 £59.50 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.
What’s more, since our partnership began and through the sales of commemorative Remembrance and Poppy-themed coins, collectors have helped raise an incredible £1.1 Million for The Royal British Legion!
This is an achievement that everyone is immensely proud of, and we are hugely thankful to collectors for helping raise such an amazing amount.
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 £1.1 Million that has been raised for the charity, then click here to read more…
The Remembrance Poppy Coins issued in partnership with The Royal British Legion are amongst the most popular releases each year. And this year is proving no different.
Have you secured your favourite 2020 Poppy Coin yet?
If not, join Adam and Yasmin as they take a closer look at the range in our Special Edition 2020 Remembrance Coin Show below.
The highlight? You’ll get an exclusive FIRST LOOK at this year’s Masterpiece 5oz Silver Coin that’s been crafted from a genuine piece of Spitfire!
As seen in the show…
The 2020 Masterpiece Poppy Silver 5oz Coin
- Struck from 5oz of Pure Silver
- Strictly limited to JUST 300 worldwide
- Crafted from a genuine piece of Spitfire
- Price: £595 (+£7.99 p&p) or payable with an initial payment of £59.50 (+p&p) followed by a further 9 interest free instalments of £59.50 every month, subject to acceptance and status.
2020 Remembrance Poppy Silver Proof £5
- Sterling Silver Proof Finish
- Intricately plated rose-gold poppy
- Just 2,020 Available
- Price: £90 (+£3.99 p&p) or payable with an initial payment of £18 (+p&p) followed by a further 4 interest free instalments of £18 every month, subject to acceptance and status.
2020 Gold-plated Proof Poppy £5 Coin
- Plated in 24ct gold
- Struck to a pristine Proof finish
- Strictly limited to JUST 4,950 worldwide
- Price: £25 (+£3.99 p&p)
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!
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!
“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!
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.