A fitting way to mark, and to remember, the centenary
The first coin in a five-year series – a journey from outbreak to armistice
In 2014 we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with the first coin in a five-year series that will take us on a journey from outbreak to armistice. This official UK £2 coin remembers one of the most significant moments in British history with a design that recalls the spirit, and with hindsight, the poignancy, of the rush to enlist encouraged by Lord Kitchener.
In 1914 Lord Kitchener was appointed to mastermind a recruitment campaign that would go on to create one of the largest volunteer armies ever known in Britain. This design was selected to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War because the poster has come to be strongly associated with the outbreak of the war and is recognised by much of the population.
Though many posters encouraged the men of Britain to enlist, the image of Kitchener himself has come to stand for the call to fight for King and country that saw men respond in their thousands. It is to this instantly recognisable image that the experienced artist John Bergdahl turned to create his stirring design: ‘Your country needs you!’.
Denomination - £2
Allloy – Inner: Cupro-nickel; Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight – 12.00g
Diameter – 28.40mm
Edge Inscription – The Lamps are going out all over Europe