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New Coin Commemorates 75th Anniversary Of D-Day Landings

The coin's design takes inspiration from military maps to depict the strategy taken by the Allies to land on the Normandy beaches.

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The coin takes inspiration from military maps (Picture: Royal Mint).

A £2 coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings has been launched by the Royal Mint.

The Mint said the coin was designed as a tribute to those who planned and participated in the landing operations on 6 June 1944.

D-Day was the largest single-day amphibious invasion in history, involving more than 4,000 landing crafts and nearly 7,000 vessels. 

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The Mint said the coin was designed as a tribute to those who planned and participated in the landing operations (Picture: Royal Mint).

The commemorative £2 coin takes inspiration from military maps to depict the strategy taken by the Allies to land on five Normandy beaches - code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

The invasion was seen as a crucial turning point in the Second World War as it enabled the Allies to secure a foothold in the continent and begin the liberation of occupied Europe.

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The coin is not going into general circulation but is available to buy from the Royal Mint's website (Picture: Royal Mint).

The coin, which has been created in association with the Imperial War Museum (IWM), is not going into general circulation but is available to buy from the Royal Mint's website.

A donation from every purchased D-Day coin will go to IWM to help continue its work. 

Nicola Howell from IWM said the coin is a "fitting tribute" and an "important recognition of the bravery of those that made D-Day possible".