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One of the greatest landmarks in British history, the Battle of Trafalgar was fought on 21st October 1805. The encounter between the Royal Navy and the combined fleets of France and Spain off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast was the culmination of the naval campaign of 1804-5 during which Horatio Nelson had scoured the Atlantic for the French fleet under Villeneuve. The Royal Mint marked the bicentenary with two £5 coins. The first of these designs by Clive Duncan, shows Nelson's flagship Victory leading the fleet into battle. HMS Victory is in service to this day as the flagship of the Commander-In-Chief, moored in Portsmouth dockyard.