To commemorate the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe, the Royal Mint issued a limited number of silver Proof Piedfort 50 pence coins.
This is the special issue 1994 Silver Proof Piedfort 50p commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy landings on D-Day. The Allied invasion force filling the sea and sky and heading for Normandy on 6th June 1944 is vividly captured on this splendid commemorative coin.
The design was created by award winning sculptor John Mills and was inspired by his boyhood recollections of that historic day. Looking up at the sky he saw it filled with distinctively marked planes and realised that the invasion of France was underway.
The reverse depicts the Allied Invasion Force going to battle. It is housed in the original Royal Mint case that displays the coins identity and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
Also being the Piedfort edition this coin is much thicker than the standard issue.
This fifty pence coin weighs 27.00 grammes, measures 30.00 millimetres in diameter and is legal tender within the United Kingdom. Struck in sterling (.925) silver to the finest Proof quality, only 10,000 of these superb coins have been issued for worldwide distribution.