2016 First World War Centenary Army £2 Coin
This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the First World War Centenary and honour the army. You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
Pals Battalion Poster: Football Battalion
When it became clear during the First World War that more men would be needed to sustain the army, a recruitment drive used Pals Battalions to encourage men to fight. The scheme allowed men who signed up together to fight together in the same battalion. Whole villages would often sign up together, to "do their bit" with friends. However, Pals Battalions was not as successful on the battlefield and the idea was scrapped during 1916.
This coin is the third in the 5-coin series remembering the First World War, and honours the men who signed up as part of Pals Battalions. The reverse, designed by Tim Sharp, shows three men standing shoulder to shoulder – the very idea of the Pals Battalions. These were men who left their lives in Britain to serve for King and Country, so it seems fitting that they should be remembered.
The three men on this coin wear the same uniform because they have the same role in the army, but each has a different face shape – perhaps indicating that each man was an individual, even during war, and should be remembered as such.
The obverse features the 5th portrait of the Queen, by Jody Clark.
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Minting errors: Is there a First World War Army £2 coin mint error?
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No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.
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|The inscription on the edge of the coin FOR KING AND COUNTRY is upside down when the coin is Obverse (heads) side up.
This is common on all two pound coins and is not a minting error as the inscription is not struck a certain way up. Any two pound coin can have the writing on the edge any way up.
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