A commemorative £2 coin has been released by the Royal Mint to honour the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. The £2 coin and an accompanying set of historic coins used in the Second World War era are available to buy however the Royal Mint have said if there is enough demand it will consider releasing the £2 coin into general circulation.
On Friday 8th May 2020, people across the United Kingdom and across Europe will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Germany surrendering and the end of war in Europe. Although celebrations have had to be scaled back because of the Coronavirus lockdown, people are still being urged to celebrate in their homes and gardens.
The Royal Mint has teamed with the Imperial War Museum to create the new coin which they say “captures the spirit and stoicism of the wartime generation and the gratitude of those that followed”. The coin features smiling faces and the word ‘Victory’ against a backdrop of rays redolent of searchlights and was designed to emulate the first steps to peace and recovery after the war.
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Designer of the coin, Dominique Evans, said, “Iconic images of VE Day serve to remind us of the magnitude of events. Millions came together in the streets to celebrate the end of war in Europe inspiring me to put people at the very heart of this coin. The rays evoke search lights, a familiar sight in the skies during wartime, except here they represent rays of hope.”
Stephen Walton, Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum, added the importance of reflecting on the events in May 1945 as they “initiated and defined the world we live in today.”
The VE Day coin and historic coin sets are priced from £10 and can be purchased on the Royal Mint website here.
A donation from each coin purchased will go to the Imperial War Museum.
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