royal_mint_logo_2The Royal Mint is to issue two of its premier coins, the Kilo and the Five-Ounce, in fine silver and fine gold as part of its on-going five-year programme commemorating the First World War, from outbreak to armistice.

Kilo 2014

Michael Sandle RA, known for his war-themed work, has created a haunting reverse for the 2014 Kilo, depicting the sadness of soldiers moving from the trenches into no man’s land, in the form of a lonely figure of a soldier in full cape and familiar ‘Brodie’ helmet marching through the mist.

Michael Sandle RA said of his inspiration for the coin “I have always felt very emotionally involved with and deeply moved by the First World War – the topic has a powerful pull for me although I was born just before the Second World War. I wanted to convey the sadness I felt at the tragedy of the war, the loss of so many men… and it is the human story and the sheer enormity of the tragedy that inspired me. I am pleased to have done something to honour that.”



First World War Outbreak Gold Proof Kilo Coin First World War Outbreak Silver Proof Kilo Coin
Denomination £1,000 £500
Issuing authority United Kingdom United Kingdom
Alloy 999.9 fine gold 999 fine silver
Weight 1005g 1005g
Diameter 100mm 100mm
Reverse Designer Michael Sandle RA Michael Sandle RA
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Milled Milled
Quality Proof Proof
Limited Edition Presentations N/A N/A
Minimum coin mintage 25 430

About The Artisit –  Michael Sandle RA

Michael Sandle RA has exhibited internationally and has undertaken many commissions, with themes of war, death, destruction, inhumanity and media manipulation constant in his work, as he treads a path outside the fashionable mainstream. He was born in Weymouth, Dorset, in 1936 and studied at the Douglas Isle Of Man School of Art and Technology and the Slade School of Fine Art. From 1961 he taught in Leicester and Coventry before moving to Canada in 1970 and living and working in Germany from 1973. He retired as a professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe and returned to the UK in 1999. The work he is most proud of is the Malta Second World War Siege Memorial completed in 1992, which incorporated a 13.5 tonne bell, sited at the entrance to the Grand Harbour in Valletta and for which he was awarded the Henry Hering Memorial Medal by the National Sculpture Society of America.

Michael Sandle was elected as a Royal Academician in 1989, resigning in 1997 before rejoining in 2004 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1994.


Five-Ounce coin

Also being released is The Royal Mint’s 2014 Five-Ounce coin, which is traditionally reserved for significant anniversaries and occasions, and has a reverse design by experienced coinage artist John Bergdahl. John was creator of The Royal Mint’s coin design in honour of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. His Five-Ounce design recalls the first wave of troops departing Britain, watched over by Britannia, with a lion at her side, guardian of Britain.

rm_wwi_5ozJohn Bergdahl said “For me Britannia embodied the true spirit of Britain at the outbreak of war, as troops began to depart for France. These were men going to fight for king and country, for Britain, and the figure of Britannia brought all that together. She symbolised what they fought for – including everyone at home, wives, children, families. But more than that really, it was about Britannia’s belief in them – she watches over them as they leave Britain’s shore, placing her trust in them rather than them trusting in her.”

The obverse of each coin features the current coinage portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, and they have been finished to The Royal Mint’s Satin Proof standard, highlighting every detail created by their artists and refined by the artistry of The Royal Mint’s engravers. Each coin is presented in its own handsome case and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity to confirm its low mintage. Each coin comes with a booklet giving a snapshot of Britain at the outbreak of war, and the inspiration behind the designs.


First World War Outbreak Gold Proof Five-Ounce Coin First World War Outbreak Silver Proof Five-Ounce Coin
Denomination £10 £10
Issuing authority United Kingdom United Kingdom
Alloy 999.9 fine gold 999 fine silver
Weight 156.295g 156.295g
Diameter 65mm 65mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Milled Milled
Quality Proof Proof
Limited Edition Presentations N/A N/A
Minimum coin mintage 100 1,300

About the Artist –  John Bergdahl

John Bergdahl is a sculptor who has undertaken a number of commissions from The Royal Mint, including Britannia in 2008, coins for the Olympic Series, the Mary Rose £2 coin, the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII £5 coin and the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Five-Ounce coin. He also designed the coins struck to celebrate the christening of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. John has also created the reverse design for the £2 coin struck to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and a series of six £5 coins on the theme of Battles and Conflicts as part of the five-year programme of commemoration.

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is one of the world’s oldest and most venerable organisations, with an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1000 years. Though more than ten centuries have passed since then, The Royal Mint’s reputation for both quality and integrity has always endured.

While The Royal Mint’s finest traditions are always respected, it continually innovates in order to stay at the forefront of world minting, embracing the latest production techniques and technology in order to offer excellence to our clients across the globe. By underpinning our proud heritage with a highly progressive outlook, coins from The Royal Mint remain a byword for trust and reliability the world over.

There were estimated to be 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation at 31 March 2014 ,with a total face value of £3.9 billion, all manufactured by The Royal Mint. In total, nearly 2 billion UK coins were issued during 2012-13

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 currently serves more than 100 issuing authorities around the world and meets approximately 15% of global demand, making us the world’s leading export mint.
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.


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