Since 2012 The Royal Mint has struck a special Remembrance Day Alderney £5 Coin featuring the poppy – a widely recognized symbol of remembrance – to honor servicemen and women who have lost their lives in times of war.
The reverse design for the 2016 Remembrance Day Coin has been created by Royal Mint coin Designer and Engraver Thomas Docherty, and features the poppy wreath – a symbol used by nations across the world to remember and commemorate the fallen. His design was inspired by the wreath that currently lies at The Royal Mint’s on-site war memorial at Llantrisant, South Wales, honoring colleagues who have fought in past conflicts.
Thomas said of his design: “This wreath is not only personal to us at The Royal Mint but also reflects the ‘everyman’ we all commemorate on Remembrance Day; from the wreath-layers to the poppy wearers all over our country. I wanted to paint the colors of the poppies boldly and vibrantly, hopefully emphasizing that the poppy is a symbol of remembrance, but also one of hope for the future.”
Anne Jessopp, Director of Commemorative Coin, said “Thomas’ design, inspired by the remembrance of The Royal Mint’s own war service colleagues, is also a poignant tribute to the servicemen and women across the world who have lost their lives in conflicts past and present.”
Available in Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated finishes, the coin has been color-printed using a ‘trichromatic’ printing process that layers color onto the coin to capture every detail of the vibrant red coloring of the poppy. The obverse features the coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
“Their name liveth for evermore”
The inscription chosen for this year’s coin, ‘Their name liveth for evermore’ is widely used on war memorials around the world and comes from the Apocryphal Book of Ecclesiasticus 44:1-14. The full quote is “Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.”
This well-known passage is often read on Remembrance Day. The words were also chosen by novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling for inscription on war memorials, when he was a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was devastated by the death of his only son John in the conflict in 1915, just six weeks after his 18th birthday.