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2016 The Army £2 Piedfort Silver Proof

UK16W1PF 2016 The Army £2 Piedfort Silver Proof Boxed
£75.00
Britain had a relatively small army, comprised of volunteers, when war was declared in 1914. After Lord Kitchener’s iconic recruitment drive, numbers increased and by late August up to 30,000 volunteers were signing up daily. By late 1918, the Army was over 4 million strong, with early volunteers as well as later conscripts. In an idea conceived by General Sir Henry Rawlinson and Lord Derby to encourage people to sign up, ‘Pals Battalions’ were formed. This allowed men from the same neighbourhood, company, or even football club to join and serve alongside each other. To mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme where the Pals Battalions suffered horrendous casualties, The Royal Mint commissioned a series of coins, including this piedfort silver proof Two Pound. It features a design created by a creative consultancy in Liverpool - Uniform - which was led by Tim Sharp. The image was inspired by the Futurist art movement and the work of C. R. W. Nevinson whose emotive style showed war’s harsh realities. The profile of three pals occupy the centre of the coin, with a barbed wire detailing below. The legend reads ‘THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918’ with the date 2016 at the bottom. Around the edge is inscribed ‘FOR KING AND COUNTRY’. The reverse design is paired on the other side of the coin with Jody Clark’s 2015 effigy of The Queen, the fifth official portrait to be used. Struck in 24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with fine gold plating around the outer ring, this double thickness coin is one of 931 in this presentation. It comes with the original presentation box from The Royal Mint, and the numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS'.

Reverse

Designed by Uniform creative consultancy lead by Tim Sharp. Futurist style illustration of three soldiers stood next to each other and barbed wire detailing. Legend reads 'THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 - 1918'.

Specification

24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with band of fine gold plating. Diameter 28.40 millimetres. Face value £2 / Two Pound.

Presentation

One of 931 in this presentation. Presented in the original box with its numbered certificate of authenticity. 

Condition

The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coin you receive will be from the same issue and will have the same specifications. Some modern UK coins naturally develop toning or milk spots over time and these features may be present on the coin you receive. We cannot exchange coins displaying toning or milkspots.

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