End of the Second World War 2020 Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin
The End of the Second World War was a two-part closure, resulting in a staggering loss of life. Over a six-year-period, WWII claimed the lives of an estimated 60-80 million people, including 6 million Jewish people in Nazi concentration camps. The war officially ended on 2nd September 1945 but rejoice for global citizens began as early as August after official surrender. It marked the end of six tragic years in which so much was suffered by so many and the beginnings of better times. This Gold Proof coin, of which only 75 were minted in the limited edition presentation, belongs in the possession of every collector with relatives who endured WWII.
In August 1945, UK citizens were given a two-day national holiday to celebrate the end of WWII with thousands witnessing King George VI and Queen Elizabeth drive down the Mall in an open carriage. This was later followed by a radio broadcast by the King addressing Britain and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace. However, the formal end of WWII arrived later on 2nd September 1945. In the wake of the Second World War, the International Monetary Fund was established to help fund post-war reconstruction. In 1945, in a move to create world peace and security, 51 countries founded the United Nations.
This commemorative Gold Proof 5oz coin, released in 2020, marks the 75th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War. Coin designing duo, Matt Dent and Christian Davies, undertook the challenge of creating a special edition coin to mark the occasion. Overlaying the words 'War' and 'Peace', the design is simple but echoes the stone-engraved typography of war memorials. The word 'Peace' is given a greater significance, drawing attention to the importance of maintaining peacetime. The coin's obverse hosts the 5th Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, by Jody Clark. Produced in partnership with Imperial War Museums, this special £500 coin is a tribute to the human cost of war and a poignant reminder of the necessity to strike for global peace.