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2018 First World War Armistice £2 Silver Proof

UK18W1SP 2018 First World War Armistice £2 Silver Proof Reverse
£69.00
To honour the 100th Anniversary of Armistice that ended the First World War, The Royal Mint released the 2018 First World War Armistice £2 Silver Proof in collaboration with Imperial War Museum. For many, 11 November 1918 was a day of reflection and mourning for the casualties of war, as well as a celebration for the armistice. At 11am, across Britain schools and workplaces closed for the day, bells, train whistles, car horns and sirens rang out, and impromptu street parties were held. Big Ben chimed for the first time in four years. The reverse of this coin features an emotive design by renowned textual artist Stephen Raw. At the centre of his engraving are the words ‘The truth untold, the pity of war’. These words are taken from a poem called ‘Strange Meeting’ by Wilfred Owen, one of the most famous solider poets of the First World War. Wilfred tragically lost his life in November 1918 at the Sambre-Oise Canal. Raw used soil taken from the region to construct his design in commemoration of the poet. Around the edge of this Two Pound is the inscription ‘WILFRED OWEN KILLED IN ACTION 4 NOVEMBER 1918’. The obverse features Jody Clark’s effigy of The Queen, the fifth official portrait which has been used on currency since 2015. This coin is one of a limited presentation of 5,000 coins, struck in 12.00 grams of .925 Sterling Silver with a fine gold plated outer rim. This £2 coin is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint with its 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 · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018'.

Reverse

Engraving of words from Wilfred Owen's poetry: 'THE TRUTH UNTOLD THE PITY OF WAR' with legend: 'THE FIRST WORLD WAR · ARMISTICE · 1918 · TWO POUNDS'. Artist: Stephen Raw.

Specification

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

Presentation

One of 5,000 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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