About the Legion
25 October 2010
To continue the memory of the sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made for us since World War I, the Royal Mint has partnered with The Royal British Legion and has created a giant Poppy mural made entirely of coins* incorporating the famous Rudyard Kipling words 'Lest we Forget' as a timely reminder to the nation, ahead of the Poppy Appeal launch.
The Poppy coin art, measuring 3 metres across, has been created at The Royal British Legion's National Memorial Arboretum; the UK's Centre of Remembrance in Staffordshire and took a team of three, seven hours to produce using 12,000 coins.
The metal mural was created to encourage people to upload lasting tributes on a specially created virtual memorial wall, developed by the Royal Mint - www.celebratebritain.com. For every tribute posted, the Royal Mint will donate £1 to The Royal British Legion and a further 10% will be donated from every sale of its new poppy medal, produced to commemorate Remembrance Day with a lasting memento.
Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coins at the Royal Mint said "It is important that people remember the significance of Remembrance Day in Britain. We hope that by giving people the opportunity to post photographs and tributes of friends and family who served their country on our specially created microsite, we ensure that their sacrifices are never forgotten. This, along with the sale of our new medal, will help raise much needed money to allow The Royal British Legion to continue its important work."
Russell Thompson, Director of National Events and Fundraising at The Royal British Legion commented on the partnership "We are delighted that the Royal Mint has produced a Poppy medal and would encourage people young and old to take a moment at 11am on November 11 to remember the people who have given their lives, so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today. We welcome the tributes on the virtual memorial wall, which will help to support people who have served or who are serving in the armed forces."
Notes to Editors
For all media enquiries, contact the Royal Mint Press Office on 020 7853 2390.
Images of the Poppy medal available upon request and video of the creation of the coin art work also available.
*Coins are a mixture of blanks and Poppy medals.
Royal Mint facts
- The Royal Mint has a history dating back over 1,100 years. By the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812, the Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London's Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in Llantrisant, South Wales.
- There were estimated to be 28.2 billion United Kingdom coins in circulation at 31 March 2009, with a total face value of £3.6 billion - all manufactured by the Royal Mint.
- 1.3 billion United Kingdom coins were issued during 2008-09.
About the Poppy medal
- The Poppy medal is a round medallion which includes a unique design on both sides. As a medal, not a coin, it doesn't feature The Queen's portrait on the obverse and is not legal currency in the UK.
- The medal has an RRP of £4.99 + P&P, 50p (10%) from every medal sale will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
- The medal, which is struck in base metal, features on its obverse side, part of a poppy flower with the hour and day the guns stopped in 1918; "The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." The reverse depicts a rifle falling from the hand of a soldier with poppies in the background, representing the fighting stopping and peace beginning.
- The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.
For further information on the Poppy Appeal
Please contact Liam Maguire, PR Officer, The Royal British Legion
T: 020 3207 2242 M: 07769 968 858 E: email@example.com