Royal Mint Is Striking Churchill’s Image
The Royal Mint has announced a new £5 pound coin featuring Churchill’s image that will be issued next year in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the death of Britain’s war-time leader. This will be only the second time that Churchill has appeared on a legal tender coin issued by the United Kingdom. Following his death in January 1965 at the age of 90, a commemorative crown of 5 shillings was issued that marked the first time ever that a commoner appeared on British coinage.
Designed by Mark Richards, the new coin features a front-facing partial portrait. The bold letters “CHURCHILL” are placed along the upper right corner, in a similar fashion as the 1965 version. The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley. The new coin wil be identical in size, weight and composition to its 1965 predecessor with both coins struck using a cupro-nickel alloy, measuring 38.6 mm in diameter and weighing 28 grams. The value of the 2015 coin, though, will be twenty times that of the one issued forty years ago reflecting a measure of the growth in esteem for Churchill.
One of the original crowns will be included in a two-coin anniversary set issued by the Royal Mint along with the new £5 crown. The two coins are presented in a green card box and are individually encapsulated. The specially prepared anniversary set also comes with a small booklet highlighting the outstanding aspects of the great man’s life. For ordering information, please CLICK HERE.
To learn more about Winston Churchill, please visit www.winstonchurchill.org.