Warfare in News


Posted on Friday 3rd January

The Royal Mint has released details of new commemorative 50p, £1 and £2 coin designs to mark the centenary anniversary of the Great War.

The coins will enter into circulation gradually over the year, replacing older coins as they become unfit for use.

The £2 coin design – the first in a series of designs marking the anniversary from the beginning of the war to the end – features the iconic and somewhat controversial image of Lord Kitchener's 'Your country needs you' call to arms.

Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coins at The Royal Mint, commented:

'We wanted to reveal the coins to the British public and show the incredible works of art they can expect to see enter circulation this year. This will no doubt entice many to take a closer look at their change, collect their favourites and realise that many might be worth holding on to.'

Other new coin designs for 2014 feature Trinity House – the coastal defences that have protected Britain's waters for 500 years, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and £1 coin designs depicting the floral emblems of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Further Reading

Posters of the Great War

Only £19.99

Posters of the Great War

(Hardback - 160 pages)
by Martin Pegler

Until the arrival of radio and television, and despite the influence of newspapers, posters were the major medium for mass communication. During the Great War all the belligerent nations produced an extraordinary variety of them - and they did so on a massive scale. As the 200 wartime and immediate post-war posters selected for this book reveal, they were one of the most potent, and memorable, ways of conveying news, information and propaganda.

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