The members of the National Health Service (NHS) of the U.K. have truly stood out as a dedicated and hard-working medical force during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their dignity and compassion have lent strength to people everywhere and they have earned their reputation as Britain’s NHS Heroes.
The East India Company Bullion Ltd in partnership with the British Overseas Territory of St. Helena decided to strike a one-ounce silver coin in honor of the NHS Heroes. Most meaningful of all, 100 percent of all profit from the sale of every silver coin will be donated to the NHS Charities Together Coronavirus Appeal. These coin sale profits will join a vast movement of donations for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, which has accumulated more than 116 million pounds (nearly US $142 million) in donations during the pandemic thus far.
Speaking from his home in London, Chairman and Managing Director of The East India Company, Sanjiv Mehta, said, “This coin is dedicated to every NHS staff member and volunteer who has put their lives on the line during this incredibly frightening time. It has been created to recognize those people and celebrate their bravery and to demonstrate our heartfelt thanks to each of them. Donating 100 percent of the profit from each coin purchased to these important charities is our way to give something back in return for their sacrifice.”
The Governor of St. Helena, Dr. Philip Rushbrook, sent the following message: “I’m pleased this coin is recognizing the tremendous work of the doctors and nurses in the NHS. I would also like to take this opportunity to honor the medical staff, St. Helena Government, U.K. Government and many other people on St. Helena who have also been preparing for the battle against the COVID-19 virus at this deeply concerning time.’”
The coin’s design captures the essence of the public’s appreciation with a Union Jack-filled heart featuring “#nhsheroes” and legend “LOVE.CARE.COMPASSION.STRENGTH,” those qualities demonstrated so heroically by Britain’s NHS Heroes. Approved by Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Household, U.K. Department of the Secretary of State, and the Governor of St. Helena, the coin is official legal tender.
For more details or to order, visit nhsheroescoin.theeastindiacompany.com.