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Royal Mint Coins to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War Armistice 2018
To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1, The Royal Mint has issued gold and silver Proof coins. The coins are available as £10, £500 and £1,000 coins in very limited mintages.
True to form, The Royal Mint design is a simple but emotional work of art with a thoughtful dedication to those who sacrificed so much. It captures a poignant moment of a lone soldier on one knee holding a helmet with a bullet hole. The inscription reads ARMISTICE and THE GUNS FALL SILENT.
Paul Day is the British sculptor who created the , whose famous 30 feet tall bronze statue The Meeting Place can be seen in St Pancras station. Another of his works is the monument situated on the Victoria Embankment, London, which honours the RAF fighter pilots who fought during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Day has worked with The Royal Mint in the past to create his interpretation of St George and the dragon for the obverse of the 2012 Sovereign.
The Guns Fell Silent
The First World War Armistice was signed in 1918 on "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". It brought to an end the "war to end all wars" and started the negotiations that resulted in peace after 4 years of war that eclipsed previous wars by its scale of destruction.
Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, is marked every year on 11 November. 2018, being the Centenary, will see people and organisations mark the anniversary with events up and down the country to pay tribute to those who lost so much.