Royal Mint release coin marking 100 years since Unknown Warrior’s burial

Royal Mint release coin marking 100 years since Unknown Warrior’s burial

A special commemorative coin was created on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ceremonial burial of the Unknown Warrior.

The Royal Mint, in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, issued the coin as part of this year’s memorial ceremony on November 11th.

On one side of the coin is the silhouette of the Unknown Warrior surrounded by poppies digitally printed in red.

The poppies were also designed to stack on top of each other to appear 3D.

Natasha Preece, coin designer at the Royal Mint, said of her design: “I wanted to create something unique and different to commemorate 100 years after the solemn funeral of the Unknown Warrior.

“I knew from the start that it should contain the silhouette of a soldier to represent all the soldiers who had fallen into service.

“I felt that because of its strong connection to World War I and the symbolism of those who died during the conflict, the coin should portray the poppy as a standout part of the design.”

The Royal Mint has marked milestones in history for more than 1,000 years.

A solemn funeral for an anonymous hero was held on November 11, 1920 at Westminster Abbey in honor of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The nameless warrior represents all soldiers who made the journey to the front and never returned.

Many parades and ceremonies on the occasion of the Memorial Sunday this year have been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Clare Maclennan, Head of Commemorative Coins Division at the Royal Mint, said: “We have been remembering historic moments in history on British coins for a millennium and each year we create a poignant design to commemorate Remembrance Day and those who lost their lives have given .

“This year’s coin pays homage to the Unknown Warrior, the unidentifiable soldier who represents around one million soldiers and women who lost their lives as a result of the First World War.

“The Royal Mint Memorial Day commemorative coin is a poignant reminder of the brave men and women in our armed forces – past and present.”

The £ 5 face value coin is used for memorial purposes only and will not be put into general circulation.

Prices range from £ 17 to £ 182.50 and a full set of historic 100th birthday commemorative coins is also available for £ 280 Here.



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