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Remembrance Day 2017 £5 Coins

The Royal Mint's first official UK Remembrance Day coins

The poppy has become the iconic symbol of Remembrance, inspired by John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. So it's no surprise The Royal Mint's coin features five delicate, coloured poppies on a simple background, which allows the inscription Silence Speaks When Words Can Not stand out. It's a coin any true Royal Mint fan should have in their collection.

The five pound coins are available in Brilliant Uncirculated, sterling silver Proof and sterling silver Piedfort Proof coins. For each coin bought, a 2.5% donation is made to the five Imperial War Museums around the country.

Remember, for Generations to Come

The first Remembrance Day in the UK took place in 1919 to honour those who sacrificed their lives in what was called the Great War, now known as the First World War. A two minute silence is held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which marked the end of World War One.

On Remembrance Sunday, which always falls on the second Sunday of November, ceremonies take place at war memorials in cities and towns across the country to honour not only the Armed Forces, but everyone's wars efforts home and abroad. The nation's focus is on the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph. The service in Whitehall ensures no-one is forgotten as we all unite to honour those who suffered or died in the war to secure and protect our freedom. Learn more about how we remember on The British Legion's website.

 

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, 1915