The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War continues with a £2 coin that honours the Royal Navy. The design is now being released in precious metal editions – Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Silver Proof Piedfort.
As an island nation, Britain has been largely dependent on the seas for supplies and communications. The Royal Navy began their service in the First World War from the outset, carrying troops to France to begin the campaign on land. Naval troops would go on to fight on land, in the trenches and in the air. The Royal Navy’s command of the oceans during the First World War kept Britain supplied and the front line reinforced until victory finally came.
The detailed reverse design of this striking coin, by respected military artist David Rowlands, features a Royal Navy battleship, a symbol of the Royal Navy’s power, representing the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered. The obverse bears the definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS – the last time that the fourth portrait will be featured on the 2015 £2 coin.
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin, Bullion and Medals at The Royal Mint, says: “David Rowlands’ stirring battleship design for the Royal Navy £2 coin is a fitting tribute and a powerful reminder of the essential role that the Royal Navy has played in supplying and protecting the British Isles over the years”.
|The 100th Anniversary of the First World War – The Royal Navy 2015 UK £2|
|The 100th Anniversary of the First World War – The Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin||The 100th Anniversary of the First World War – The Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin||The 100th Anniversary of the First World War – The Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin|
|Limited edition presentation||5,000||2,500||750|
|Maximum coin mintage||8,500||4,000||900|
|Alloy||925 Ag outer plated with fine gold||925 Ag outer plated with fine gold||Inner: 916.7 Au/Cu/Ag Outer: 916.7 Au/Cu|
|Obverse designer||Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS|
|Reverse designer||David Rowlands|
|Edge inscription||THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN|
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years. By the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK.
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There were estimated to be 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation at 31 March 2014 ,with a total face value of over £4 billion, all manufactured by The Royal Mint. In total, nearly 2 billion UK coins were issued during 2013-14.
As well as over 1,000 years of producing British coinage, The Royal Mint has long been trusted with the currencies of other countries. It has served more than 100 issuing authorities around the world and currently meets approximately 15% of global demand, making us the world’s leading export mint.
The Royal Mint has been making official military campaign medals since it was commissioned to make awards for soldiers who fought in the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The year 2012 was of particular significance for The Royal Mint’s medal-making team, with the manufacture of all 4,700 Victory Medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Royal Mint has recently introduced a new fineness of Britannia bullion coins and a highly-secure on-site bullion vault storage facility, building on the gold Sovereign’s long-standing reputation for integrity, accuracy. This positions The Royal Mint and its bullion products as a premium proposition in this marketplace.
In September 2014, The Royal Mint launched a new bullion trading website, www.royalmintbullion.com, enabling customers to buy, store and sell bullion coins at constantly updated prices directly from The Royal Mint quickly, effortlessly and securely, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In January 2015, The Royal Mint announced the revival of The Royal Mint Refinery bullion brand. Gold and silver minted bars bearing the historic marque became available for the first time since 1968, available direct to the public at www.royalmintbullion.com.
In April 2014, The Royal Mint unveiled plans to develop a purpose-built visitor centre at its headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. Construction is expected to be completed during 2016.