The Royal Mint Issues Alderney Four-Coin SetThe Royal Mint has issued an Alderney four-coin set capturing some of the best-known quotes of celebrated statesman and renowned orator, Sir Winston Churchill, in his own words. Issued in two limited mintage editions – Silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated – and designed by a Royal Mint senior engraver, Lee R. Jones, each coin reflects a different well-known aspect of the great man’s persona.

A young Winston Churchill, stationed in India in 1897, wrote that: “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory.” Often quoted, always inspiring, Churchill’s words have become legend, and they tell his story decades later, in his own inimitable fashion.

Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals, Shane Bissett, said, “Sir Winston Churchill grew to be one of the greatest, and most respected, statesmen the world has encountered, and his words have become legendary. On the 50th anniversary of his death, The Royal Mint celebrates some of his best known and most inspirational quotes.”

The War Leader

The Royal Mint Issues Alderney Four-Coin Set Coin 1“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

These words are taken from one of Churchill’s most famous speeches to the House of Commons, given on 4 June 1940, during the Battle of France, as he summoned the support of the nation for the ordeal that lay ahead. The quote is surrounded by intricately detailed barbed wire, strewn on a sandy beach. It is all indicative of the horrors that so many faced during the bloody conflicts fought on foreign shores.

The Orator

The Royal Mint Issues Alderney Four-Coin Set Coin 2“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

The Battle of El Alamein is considered one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War. It was fiercely fought by both sides, close to the Egyptian coastline, testing the spirits of the men on the ground and that of their leaders. Sensing waning morale among the allied troops, Churchill installed Lt General Bernard Montgomery as leader, and in a notable speech, conveyed the fact that, while the path to victory was still likely to be a long and difficult one, headway had been made. The design of this coin portrays the tyre track of a tank, suggesting a sense of the harsh conditions in which many of the battles of the Second World War were fought, and the artillery that was used.

The Artist

The Royal Mint Issues Alderney Four-Coin Set Coin 3“Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life’s journey.”

This quote appeared in an essay written by Churchill entitled ‘Painting as a Pastime’, which featured in Strand magazine in 1921. Winston Churchill began to paint when he was in his forties, entering, and winning, painting competitions under assumed names. In 1948 he was made Honorary Academician Extraordinary by the Royal Academy for achievements in the art of painting.

This coin design takes the form of an artist’s palette, with lettering that is suggestive of an artist’s handwritten signature. Tri-chromatic printing has been used on the Silver Proof edition of this coin, to create a textured layer of colour on the coin’s surface conveying Churchill’s love of colour.

The Man

The Royal Mint Issues Alderney Four-Coin Set Coin 4“Success always demands a greater effort”

These words were spoken to Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia in 1940. >From his command of his country’s troops, and his time as a war correspondent during the Boer War, to his re-election in 1951 after the disappointing defeat of 1945, this coin design captures the perfect analogy for Winston Churchill – the phoenix rising from the ashes, suggestive of his courage and self-belief.

Lee R. Jones took inspiration for the flames from Auguste Rodin’s Gates of Hell monument. Gold plating has been used on the reverse of the Silver Proof set version of this coin, highlighting the dramatic flame design.

Lee R. Jones – designer inspiration

Lee R. Jones is one of The Royal Mint’s senior engravers and has produced many evocative coin designs, including the reverse design that features on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day £5 coin, brilliantly capturing the courage and sacrifice made by those ‘rank and file’ troops on the ground. For this four-coin set, Lee wanted to convey a sense of the great leader’s character:

“It was a challenge to take the words of Churchill and represent them on the relatively small canvas of a coin. Fortunately, his words were so powerful and pure in vision that I was able to select the heart of his message, presenting them against evocative images. Each coin represents a facet of the complex yet formidable character that led a nation through the Second World War.”

 

 

Specification

 

The 2015 Churchill Quotation Alderney Four-Coin Set

 

 

The 2015 Churchill Quotation Alderney

Four-Coin

Brilliant Uncirculated Set

 

The 2015 Churchill Quotation Alderney

Four-Coin

Silver Set

 

Denomination

 

£5

Composition

Cupro-nickel

Sterling Silver (925Ag) – featuring one gold-plated and one colour-printed coin

 

Weight of each coin

28.28g

28.28g

Diameter of each coin

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse Designer

Lee R Jones

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Proof

Limited edition presentation

(from spec table end of copy bible)

2,500

1,000

Maximum coin
mintage

2,500 of each coin

1,000 of each coin

RRP

£50.00

£350.00

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