Victory in Europe Day – more commonly known as VE Day – is celebrated across Europe and America as the official end of the Second World War.

Following the Allies’ acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender on the 8th May 1945, the war had finally come to a close after a long five years.

This year marks a particularly poignant anniversary as we celebrate 75 years since VE Day. Many celebrations had been scheduled to mark this joyous occasion, including rescheduling the Early May Bank Holiday to the 8th.

Although, sadly, many of these celebrations have now been cancelled this does not detract from the significance of this historic anniversary.

To mark this momentous occasion, The Royal Mint have issued a brand new £2 coin, commemorating 75 years since VE Day.

So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look a closer look at this brand new £2 and the other UK coins which tell the story of Britain’s warfare history.

2020 Victory in Europe £2

Issued by The Royal Mint, the brand new 2020 VE Day £2 features a woman holding a newspaper aloft in a crowd of celebrating people, set against a backdrop of the word VICTORY.

UK 2020 VE Day £2

The edge inscription reads ‘JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW’.

The coin, designed by Dominuqe Evans, has been available as part of the 2020 Annual Coin set since January, however has just been released for individual sale.

The unique design and poignant anniversary year makes us think this brand new release is certain to be popular with collectors, so if you want to get your hands on one, just click here.

1995 Dove £2

This old-style £2 was issued in 1995 to mark 50 years since the end of the Second World War.

UK 1995 Dove £2
(Pre-1997 specifcations)

The reverse design, by John Mills, features a dove as a symbol of peace since the end of the war. The edge inscription reads ‘1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995’, highlighting fifty years since the truce.

One of only seven commemorative £2 coins to be issued in the older specifications before the change in 1997, the Dove £2 has a mintage of 4,394,566 – the third highest of the seven.

2005 St. Paul’s Cathedral £2

In 2005, The Royal Mint issued a second £2 in the new bi-metallic specifications to commemorate 60 years since the end of the war.

UK 2005 St. Paul’s Cathedral £2

Interestingly, the reverse design depicts St. Paul’s Cathedral. This is because the cathedral was one of only a few structures which survived the Blitz to become a great symbol of hope to a war-torn nation.

The edge inscription reads ‘IN VICTORY: MAGNAMITY, IN PEACE: GOODWILL’ which is part of the famous maxim that prefaces Churchill’s history of the Second World War.

This coin has a staggeringly high mintage of 10,191,000, meaning it ranks as ‘Common’ on the Change Checker Scarcity Index.

2015 Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain was an intense air battle fought mainly throughout the summer of 1940 between Germany and Britain.

To commemorate 75 years since the great battle, The Royal Mint issued a commemorative 50p.

UK 2015 Battle of Britain 50p

Designed by sculptor Gary Breeze, this coin quickly gained interest from collectors due to the three different obverses when it was initially minted. You can find out more about that here.

This coin was also re-issued in 2019 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the 50p celebrations in the Military History 50p Collection.

2019 D-Day £2

Last year, The Royal Mint issued a £2 coin commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history.

UK 2019 75th Anniversary of D-Day £2

The invasion took place on the 6th June 1944 and began the liberation of German occupied France and laid the foundations for the Allied Victory.

Initially issued as part of the 2019 Annual Coin Set, the D-Day £2 was favoured among collectors last year for its innovative design by Stephen Taylor.

The reverse features arrows pointing across the English Channel to Normandy; each arrow has one of the five code-names for the beaches where Allied Troops landed: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

Released last year, this £2 coin has not entered general circulation yet.

And there we have it! It’s fair to say the UK has a great history of celebrating important warfare anniversaries on our coinage, and they certainly are popular with our collectors!

Do you have a favourite warfare anniversary coin? Let us know in the comments below!


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Manchester’s Arndale Shopping Centre

Manchester Arndale sits in the heart of Manchester city centre and is the largest inner-city shopping centre in the UK, with over 200 retailers, several flagship stores and  big international brands.

You can find us in the Upper Mall, at the location marked UM6 on the map below:

 

The Arndale Shopping Centre is easy to get to, with regular trains, buses and Metrolink running into the city.
There are 1,383 spaces including 28 disabled bays available in the multi-storey NCP Arndale car park situated on High Street.

 

The full address is: Manchester Arndale, Manchester, M4 1AZ

 

Can I swap more than one coin?

Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps and to ensure that it is fair for everybody, we’ll be limiting the number of swaps to strictly 1 coin per person.

 

Can I choose which A-Z of Great Britain 10p I swap?

It’s a lucky dip, so the coin you pick will be the coin you take away with you. Due to how popular we expect the event to be, I’m afraid we will be unable to offer specific A-Z 10p coin designs.

 

Will you be doing any more Live Coin Swaps?

That’s the plan!

We will be holding more Live Coin Swaps in the future and the plan is to visit a different area of the country each time, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


 

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Croydon Centrale Shopping Centre

Centrale in Croydon has over 130 stylish shops for you to explore and a wide choice of restaurants and refreshments, making for the perfect day out.

You can find us at the central atrium/focal site: www.hammersonengage.com/locations/centrale-croydon/spaces/focal-site/

There are 2 car parks available and the shopping centre is a short walk away from East Croydon and West Croydon train stations.

To drive to the centre: From central London, take the A23 or A212. From Sutton or Bromley, take the A232. From outside London, follow the A23 from junction 7 of the M25.

The full address is: Croydon Centrale Shopping Centre, 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

 

Can I swap more than one coin?

Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps and to ensure that it is fair for everybody, we’ll be limiting the number of swaps to strictly 1 coin per person.

 

Can I choose which A-Z of Great Britain 10p I swap?

It’s a lucky dip, so the coin you pick will be the coin you take away with you. Due to how popular we expect the event to be, I’m afraid we will be unable to offer specific A-Z 10p coin designs.

 

Will you be doing any more Live Coin Swaps?

That’s the plan!

We will be holding more Live Coin Swaps in the future and the plan is to visit a different area of the country each time, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


 

Secure your Complete A-Z 10p Set today!

 

Can’t wait to complete your collection?

Own all 26 A-Z 10p coins in ‘Early Strike’ quality and receive a FREE collector’s medal!

Order yours here >>