Platinum Three Ounces 2015 VE Day, Coin from Alderney - detailed information

Platinum Three Ounces 2015 VE Day, Coin from Alderney
CoinPlatinum Three Ounces 2015 VE Day

Alderney is one of the Channel Islands (situated in the Channel between England and France), and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey - a British Crown dependency. As such, it is not a sovereign country, but has operated as a quasi-sovereign entity since the Middle Ages. The island has issued commemorative coins since 1989, denominated in the Alderney Pound - which is a variant of the Pound Sterling and is legal tender on the islands, but not in the United Kingdom.

The British Royal Mint occasionally uses the jurisdiction of Alderney to issue commemorative coins, usually crowns-sized (i.e. modelled on the pre-decimal crown denomination, which is now continued by the commemorative £5 type. The platinum "piedfort" of this format (same diameter but double the thickness) is roughly equal to three troy ounces of platinum, and is issued quite rarely.

This coin, with mintage of just 70, marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The Mint says about it:
7 May 1945 - the announcement is official, war in Europe is over and the nation erupts in celebration. Six long years of sacrifice and struggle, a nation tested to the limit, but defiant and unbowed. Pay tribute to that stoic wartime spirit once more and relive those joyous scenes 70 years ago when the country came together as one, in every street in every town, a riotous carnival of colour reclaiming freedom throughout the land.

It's 70 years since the bells rang out in every parish of this land, peals of relief and rejoicing as the bitter war in Europe finally came to an end; an epic conflict that the British people endured with unflinching strength and resolve. History has feted the wartime leaders already, so instead join the celebrations at street level and peer through the eyes of the people, with designer Lee R. Jones' stunning reverse design.

This extra special £5 coin, struck for Alderney, will appeal to history enthusiasts and collectors alike. Struck to pristine Proof standard, its euphoric reverse design perfectly captures the eruption of joyous relief as Britain's freedom was finally secured from the tyranny that threatened to engulf her. On the coin's obverse is the portrait of The Queen, who witnessed the tragic events of the war, and the relief of the nation as it ended, as a young princess. Pay tribute and reflect on this poignant anniversary with a coin worthy of the occasion.

After six long, hard years of sacrifice for the British people, war in Europe finally ended in the spring of 1945. On 7 May, German General Alfred Jodl signed the unconditional surrender that formally brought an end to hostilities. An official announcement by the Ministry of Information later that day confirmed the news and the celebrations began in earnest.

"In accordance with arrangements between the three great powers, tomorrow, Tuesday, will be treated as Victory in Europe Day and regarded as a holiday."

People poured onto the streets in their thousands, determined to celebrate in style, a nation tested to the very limit, but with its spirit unbowed. In London, crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and along the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in a riotous outpouring of relief that war was finally over. The following day, street parties took place as people everywhere shared in the joy. This commemorative coin captures that moment of relief and rejoicing to be enjoyed once more.

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Alderney / Platinum Three Ounces 2015 VE Day - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ALDERNEY FIVE POUNDS ELIZABETH II.

Alderney / Platinum Three Ounces 2015 VE Day - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin shows people celebrating in the street; some of them are civilians and some are in military uniform.

Around above, the inscription THIS IS YOUR VICTORY - words spoken by Sir Winston Churchill during his address to the Channel Islanders on their day of liberation.

Below that, the anniversary dates 1945 and 2015, below which VE DAY.

Reverse Inscription THIS IS YOUR VICTORY 1945 2015 VE DAY
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Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in mahogany display box.
Royal Mint Product Code: VE15AL

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Platinum Three Ounces 2015 VE Day: Details
CurrencyAlderney Pound
Coin TypePlatinum Three Ounces (3 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage70
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerLee R Jones
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass94.2000 g
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