2015 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Gold Proof Fifty Pence Coin
In 2015, The Royal Mint issued fifty pence coins to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The Battle of Britain
By July 1940, Nazi Germany had defeated most of Europe, including France, and were ready to commence with a seaborne invasion of Britain (nicknamed Operation Sea Lion). In preparation for the invasion, the German air forces (Luftwaffe) were sent to destroy Britain's Royal Air Force in order to prevent them from sinking the ships carrying German soldiers across.
German planes attacked towns and army defences first, before moving their targets to airport runways and British radar. The British Air Force fought back, shooting down German planes and defending their country in the process.
As Hitler grew frustrated with how long it was taking to defeat Britain's air force, the raids began to become less frequent.
The name 'Battle of Britain comes from a speech by Sir Winston Churchill, in which he (referring to France being overrun by Germany) said that "the Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin."
If you look carefully at the coin, you'll notice that there's no denomination on it. Nowhere on the coin does it state what the value of the coin is, either in numbers or in words. We believe this may be an error on the mints behalf, as we can see no reason to leave it off the design. The Royal Mint have confirmed that the coins made for circulation will feature the face value on the obverse.
The reverse design is by sculptor, Gary Breeze, and shows pilots running to their planes. Breeze has said that the inspiration behind the design was to remind people "of the selfless sacrifice of the few. The airmen run away from us. They don't walk slowly to their fate, and we may never see them again.”
The obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen.
27.30||15.50 grams||.9166||0.4600 Troy Ounces
Notes on Table
Issue Price = Official Royal Mint issue price.
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Reverse of 2015 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Gold Proof Fifty Pence
Obverse of 2015 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Gold Proof Fifty Pence
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2015 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Brilliant Gold Proof Fifty Pence Certificate Obverse
2015 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Brilliant Gold Proof Fifty Pence Certificate Reverse