First World War Centenary Royal Navy

First World War Centenary Royal Navy – 5th Portrait £2 Coins

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First World War Centenary Royal Navy £2 coins issued to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War – The Royal Navy. There is also an Army version.

The reverse of this coin shows an impressive Royal Navy battleship at sea, from a design based upon the appearance of HMS Royal Oak. There is another ship behind with seagulls and a biplane in the air.

The top inscription reads THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 – 1918 with the year of issue 2015 below.

On the right side in the waves are the initials DR are for the designer, David Rowlands.

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What’s the Royal Navy £2 coin Worth?

Recent eBay sold listings for this coin indicate that a circulated coin in good condition is worth £3.50.

See our Rare £2 Coins page for current values.

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Flag Error Coins

In December 2016, it was discovered that there is a production error on some of the coins minted and put into general circulation. This is known as an “error coin”.

There are reports of two versions of the flag error coin, one that looks like a fully flying flag and another that’s a more simple line. See the area we highlighted in yellow below.

Flag Error Coin
Flag Error Coin

The Royal Mint confirmed these are die errors that occurred during their minting process.

We have seen these flag error coins selling for twice as much as the regular coin.

Is the First World War Centenary Royal Navy £2 a rare coin?

The mintage figures for the First World War Centenary Royal Navy – 5th Portrait are:

Base Metal 650,000 coins entered circulation
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU/BUNC) – Product code: UK15W1BU – Issue Price £10 56,906
Silver Proof – Product code: UK15W1SP – Issue Price £50
(Limited Edition Presentation: 5,000)
3,694
Silver Proof Piedfort – Product code: UK15W1PF – Issue Price £100
(Limited Edition Presentation: 2,500)
1,946
Gold Proof – Product code: UK15W1GP – Issue Price £750
(Limited Edition Presentation: 750)
505

First World War Centenary Royal Navy Coin Specification

Year of Issue 2015
Denomination £2
Reverse Designer David Rowlands
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 BU Coin

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 BU Coin
Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 BU Coin

BU Coin Specification

Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel – Outer:Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.40 mm

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof
Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof

Silver Proof Coin Specification

Product code: UK15W1SP
Limited Edition Presentation: 5,000
Maximum Coin Mintage 8,500
Alloy Inner: .925 sterling silver. Outer: .925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
Weight 12.00g
Diameter 28.40 mm

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort

Piedfort means double-width, so has twice as much weight as the standard silver coin.

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort
Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort

Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Specification

Product Code UK15W1PF
Limited Edition Presentation 2,500
Maximum Coin Mintage 4,000
Alloy Inner: .925 sterling silver. Outer: .925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
Weight 24.00g
Diameter 28.40 mm

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

Gold Proof Coin Specification

Product Code UK15W1GP
Limited Edition Presentation 750
Maximum Coin Mintage 900
Alloy Inner: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer: 22 carat red gold
Weight 15.97 g
Diameter 28.40 mm

The Great War – Navy – 1915 Coin Cover (Standard BU)

The Great War - Navy - 1915 Coin Cover Standard BU
The Great War – Navy – 1915 Coin Cover Standard BU
  • Coin Cover presents all 6 Mint stamps on a uniquely designed cover
  • Product code: NAVYBPNC
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 15,000
  • Issue Price £10

The Great War – Navy – 1915 Silver Proof Coin Cover

  • Struck in .925 sterling silver
  • Product code: NAVYSPNC
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 500
  • Issue Price £50

The Great War – Navy – Gold Proof Coin Cover

  • Struck in 22 carat gold
  • Product code: NAVYGPNC
  • Limited Edition Presentation: 50
  • Issue Price £750

About the 6 Stamps set

The Royal Navy began their service in the First World War at the very outset, carrying troops to France to begin the campaign on land. They would go on to do battle at sea, overcoming the threat of the German fleet and of their feared U-boats, maintaining a blockade that would cripple the German war effort. Naval troops would fight on land, in the trenches and in the air.

Honouring Britain’s oldest service is this UK £2 coin by military artist David Rowlands. He has reflected the power of this force, as great as the sea itself, in his carefully crafted design that features a mighty Navy battleship. It is a stirring design, a fitting commemoration of those who served with the Royal Navy, and a lasting reminder of these important centenary years. Your coin is struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, crisp and new, and presented in a fascinating display folder that tells the story of the Royal Navy in the ‘Great War’ – prepared with the help of experts at the Imperial War Museum.

Not only did the First World War claim millions of lives, it changed the course of history and transformed the lives of generations to come. We are proud to present the second part of a five year commemorative programme marking the centenary of its outbreak. Each year of the war will be explored though a stamp which covers six key themes: Poppies, Poetry, War Art, Memorials and Artefacts. These themes combine to form a beautiful and poignant collection which serves as a fitting way to commemorate this tragic conflict.

POPPIES, HOWARD HODGKIN

In May 1915, Canadian military doctor Major John McCrae wrote a short poem entitled ‘In Flanders Fields’, which drew upon the image of delicate poppies and spoke with the voice of fallen soldiers, calling on their comrades to continue the struggle. The verses helped to turn the flower into a symbol of remembrance throughout the English-speaking world. Poppies, an abstract work by London-born artist Howard Hodgkin, was inspired by poppies from Normandy in France and was executed as a carborundum print. Hodgkin won the Turner Prize in 1985 and was knighted in 1992.

‘ALL THE HILLS AND VALES ALONG’, CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY

In his four-stanza work ‘All the Hills and Vales Along’, Charles Hamilton Sorley depicts troops singing as they advance towards the front line. As the poem marches on, the pastoral imagery gives way to an ever-bleaker expectation of death. On 13 October 1915, 20-year-old Sorley was serving as a captain in the Suffolk Regiment when he was killed by a sniper. This poem was found in his kitbag and published posthumously. Sorley was later commemorated on a stone in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey, dedicated to 16 leading First World War poets.

RIFLEMAN KULBIR THAPA

Rifleman Kulbir Thapa was serving in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, when his unit attacked German lines on 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. Though wounded and separated from his battalion, he was able to reach the German front line. Finding an injured British soldier nearby, Kulbir stayed with him all day and night, before carrying him to safety the next morning. Despite his injuries, he then returned to the German trenches and rescued two fellow Gurkhas. For these selfless acts of heroism, Kulbir became the first Nepalese Gurkha to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

THE KENSINGTONS AT LAVENTIE, ERIC KENNINGTON

Painter and sculptor Eric Kennington joined the London Regiment in 1914, but was wounded and discharged in 1915. During his recovery, he worked on The Kensingtons at Laventie. Painted in reverse by applying oil paint to a sheet of glass, this extraordinary picture depicts Kennington (left background in a black balaclava) and several identifiable comrades resting in a ruined village after an exhausting spell in the trenches during the winter of 1914–15. A complex composition, the painting honours the fortitude and solidarity of ordinary soldiers.

CAPE HELLES, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY

In this image, British photographer Ernest Brooks captures a British soldier at a comrade’s grave at Cape Helles in an evocative sunset silhouette. Brooks was particularly keen on using silhouettes, as by rendering soldiers less recognisable, their outlines came to symbolise unknown soldiers. Cape Helles, on the southern tip of the Gallipoli peninsula, had witnessed bloody fighting on 25 April 1915, as a British division attempted to storm the beach in the face of determined Turkish resistance. Unveiled in 1924, the Helles Memorial commemorates 20,878 British dead of the Gallipoli campaign who have no known grave.

LONDON IRISH RIFLES’ FOOTBALL FROM LOOS

On 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos, this football was booted out of British trenches by Private Frank Edwards. Kicked across no man’s land by Edwards’ comrades in 1st Battalion, London Irish Rifles, it became entangled in German barbed wire as British soldiers overran the enemy position. Though disapproved of by his officers, Edwards’ action may well have offered a welcome distraction to men faced with a dangerous advance through heavy fire. Preserved in the London Irish Rifles’ Regimental Museum since the war, the football underwent special conservation treatment in 2011.

About the coin

The Royal Navy began their service in the First World War at the very outset, carrying troops to France to begin the campaign on land. They would go on to do battle at sea, overcoming the threat of the German fleet and of their feared U-boats, maintaining a blockade that would cripple the German war effort. Naval troops would fight on land, in the trenches and in the air.

Honouring Britain’s oldest service is this UK £2 coin by military artist David Rowlands. He has reflected the power of this force, as great as the sea itself, in his carefully crafted design that features a mighty Navy battleship.

It is a stirring design, a fitting commemoration of those who served with the Royal Navy, and a lasting reminder of these important centenary years.

Marking the role of the Royal Navy in the First World War

The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War continues with a United Kingdom £2 coin that honours the Royal Navy. With a detailed design featuring a mighty battleship, this official coin captures the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered.

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