This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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During the Blitz of World War Two, London experienced heavy bombing raids from the German air fleets. "Blitz" is taken from the German word "Blitzkrieg" which translates as lightning war. One of the most impressive images from London during the Blitz is of St Paul's Cathedral, unmarked whilst the surroundings are reduced to rubble and smoke.
This image is seen on the reverse of the coin by Bob Elderton – St Paul's Cathedral surrounded by searchlights. Although St Paul's Cathedral is the feature of the coin, it was in fact designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 1945 (VE Day) when the German forces surrendered. The obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley's 4th portrait, and the edge inscription states "In Victory Magnanimity In Peace Goodwill" which is taken from the preface text of Churchill's history of the Second World War.
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No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.