The Battle of Somme is one of the landmark battles of the First World War and a turning point in the conflict. In the summer of 1916, British and French forces attempted to break through the German lines, but the offensive would exact a terrible human cost. The Somme casts a long shadow on those communities who lost so many of their men.
This Silver Proof coin continues the five year programme of commemoration which tells the story of the First World War in coins and stamps, in particular this one commemorates the 100th anniversary of the battle.
The reverse coin design by John Bergdahl is inspired by the technology that helped to change the nature of the conflict and portrays the debut of a new piece of military hardware - the tank with infantrymen advancing behind it. Tanks added protection as well as firepower and rolling across no man’s land, troops could advance behind them, which was a vital breakthrough. The coin also has letters edged around the side 'DEAD MEN CAN ADVANCE NO FURTHER' which is a quote taken from Major-General Sir Beauvoir de Lisle, Commander of the 29th British Division. The obverse coin design displays the fifth coinage portrait of the Queen by Jody Clark.
This Silver Proof £5 coin has been struck to 925 sterling silver and minted to the finest Proof standard. Each coin is presented in a black display case with a booklet about the Battle of Somme which has been produced in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums. It is a fitting way to mark and commemorate this tragic turning point of the First World War.
Quick Facts: The Battle of Somme Silver Proof £5 Coin
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