The First World War 1916 Coin Cover brings together the Special Stamps and the official Army 2016 Brilliant Uncirculated £2 coin. It also features an information card written by Bryn Hammond, Head of Collections at the Imperial War Museum. Cancelled with a unique handstamp that ties the stamps to this special cover.
1916 was the year of the evacuation from Gallipoli which saw 80,000 allied troops retreat after the ill-fated attempt to knock Turkey out of the war. Conscription was introduced as law in Britain for the first time to ensure enough soldiers were available. It was the year of the Battle of Jutland which saw over 250 warships do battle off the coast of Denmark, the Royal Navy ultimately winning the battle at great cost, maintaining their rule of the North Sea. The Battle of the Somme, one of bloodiest events in human history with over a million casualties began in July 1916.
The stamps in this coin cover are: 1st class Battlefield Poppy, 1st class ‘To my brother’, 1st class Munitions worker Lottie Meade, £1.52 ‘Travjoys Arriving with Wounded’, £1.52 Thiepval Memorial, £1.52 Captain AC Green’s Battle of Jutland commemorative medal.
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