New five-pound coin for end of WWII anniversary silver composite 100820 CREDIT ROYAL MINT
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New £5 Coin Marks 75th Anniversary Of WWII's End

The coin is being launched by Royal Mint and the Imperial War Museum.

New five-pound coin for end of WWII anniversary silver composite 100820 CREDIT ROYAL MINT

A new commemorative £5 coin is being launched by the Royal Mint, in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum.

It marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, inscribed with the words “war” and "peace".

Designers Matt Dent and Christian Davies explored how to chisel lettering and the natural ripples of stone in hand-cut memorials while developing the design.

"We felt it was important to treat the characters in such a way that the word ‘peace’ dominates, conveying a sense that the horror of war has passed and a new era of peace has arrived," they said.

The Second World War was fought between 1939 and 1945 and claimed millions of lives across the globe.

The coin will have a special anniversary mint mark and a hand-signed certificate of authenticity.

New five-pound coin for end of WWII anniversary gold composite 100820 CREDIT ROYAL MINT
The design was inspired by stone inscriptions on war memorials (Picture: Royal Mint).

It will be available in limited-edition gold proof, silver proof and silver proof Piedfort, as well as an uncirculated edition.

"This commemorative coin not only preserves the legacy of this historical moment for future generations but also commemorates the sacrifices made around the world to restore peace," said Clare Maclennan from the Royal Mint.

John Delaney, of the Imperial War Museum, said the coin "reminds us of that important period in our history, pays tribute to the sacrifices made by those who fought during this conflict and reminds us of the human cost of war".

Although the war in Europe came to an end on 8 May 1945, known ever since by VE Day, there were three more months of intense fighting, including the destruction of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs.

Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945, since known as Victory over Japan Day.

To mark the date, the Royal Mint will be striking 750 Sovereigns featuring a St George and the Dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci.

The surrender was formally signed on 2 September 1945 - the day World War Two officially ended.

Cover image: Royal Mint.