Since 2012 Alderney has issued a £5 Remembrance Day coin marking the end of World War I on Nov. 11. Each has featured the poppy of Flanders’ Fields that has become a widely recognized symbol of remembrance of the many service personnel who gave their lives in war.
The reverse design of this year’s coin is by Royal Mint Designer and Engraver Thomas Docherty. He took his inspiration from the wreath that currently lies at The Royal Mint’s on-site war memorial at Llantrisant in South Wales.
The reverse inscription, THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE, comes from the Apocryphal Book of Ecclesiasticus 44:1-14. The full quote is “Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.”
This passage is often read on Remembrance Day. The words were chosen by novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling for inscription on war memorials when he was a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was devastated by the death of his only son John in the conflict in 1915, just six weeks after his 18th birthday.
The 38.61mm coin is available in silver proof (28.28 g .925 Ag), silver proof piedfort (56.56 g .925 Ag) and brilliant uncirculated (28.27 g CuNi) finishes. Mintages are 2,016, 1,000, and unlimited.
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