The Royal Mint is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the remarkable D‐Day landings with a special new £2 commemorative coin.
On 6 June 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy in the largest amphibious assault in history. With a huge invasion force, the Allies stormed five beaches code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Overcoming a series of defenses known as the Atlantic Wall, the Allies were able to secure a foothold on the continent and begin the liberation of occupied Europe. The landings were a crucial turning point in the Second World War and were pivotal in the eventual Allied victory.
The commemorative £2 coin, designed by The Royal Mint’s graphic designer, Stephen Taylor, takes inspiration from military maps to depict the strategy taken by the Allies to land on the five Normandy beaches. The coin represents the huge and unprecedented scale of the operation, which was an all‐out assault by land, sea, and air. The coin was designed as a tribute to those who planned and participated in the epic feat.
Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint, commented: “The D‐Day landings is one of the most significant events in our nation’s history, and it’s important that we remember the instrumental impact that the landings had on the outcome of the Second World War. 75 years on, our commemorative £2 coin is a fitting tribute to the significance and scale of the operation, and is an important recognition of the bravery of those that made D‐Day possible.”
Created in association with Imperial War Museums, The Royal Mint’s 2019 D‐Day commemorative coin is available to purchase from www.royalmint.com. Available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort, and Brilliant Uncirculated finishes, prices start from £10. This is a commemorative coin and will not be entering general circulation, so this is the only way to own this special coin. Mintages for these commemorative coins are as follows: Gold Proof - 400, Silver Proof Piedfort – 2,000, Silver Proof – 5,000 and Brilliant Uncirculated – unlimited. A donation from every D-Day coin purchased from The Royal Mint goes to IWM to help them continue their important work.