2015 £5 - Sir Winston Churchill

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The Royal Mint have issued a £5 crown to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Churchill is often described as the "greatest living Englishman". A man of many talents, he is known for being a soldier, politician, writer and an artist.  He served as Prime Minister twice. His first term of office was from 1940 until 1945. He saw Britain through the Second World War, his words of courage helping the nation through the difficult time. His second term of office was from 1951-1955.

When Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965, a commemorative crown  was issued in his honour. This was the first time a 'commoner' was portrayed on a British coin as opposed to a member of the Royal Family.

With the 2015 crown, Sir Winston Churchill is the only statesman to have two UK crowns issued in his honour.

The reverse was designed by sculptor, Mark Richards. The design fits with the artistry of the 1965 coin and represents the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill - larger than life.

The obverse shows the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen.

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