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Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one ounce (1 oz) platinum coins are denominated as One Hundred Pounds (£100).

The coins are legal tender, but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with other denominations with the same reverse designs.

This platinum one-ounce (1oz) coin coin commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the First World War.

The reverse design is the same as that of a commemorative £2 issued the same year, the first in a five-year series of coins on a journey from "outbreak to armistice". The coin remembers one of the most significant moments in British history with a design that recalls the spirit, and with hindsight, the poignancy, of the rush to enlist encouraged by Lord Kitchener.

In 1914 Lord Kitchener was appointed to mastermind a recruitment campaign that would go on to create one of the largest volunteer armies ever known in Britain. Though many posters encouraged the men of Britain to enlist, the image of Kitchener himself came to stand for the call to fight for "King and Country" that saw men respond in their thousands. It is to this instantly recognisable image that experienced coinage artist John Bergdahl turned to create his stirring design.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage325
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak - obverse photo

The obverse of the coins 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: ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse shows a representation of the famous recruitment poster featuring Lord Kitchener with the legend YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU.

Around the outer ring of the coin is the inscription THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 - 1918, with the date 2014 below.

The artist's initials JB (for John Bergdahl) are in the left field under the figure's arm.

Reverse Inscription THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 - 1918 2014
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Notes

The coins were issued in Proof FDC grade only, with 325 minted from a limit of 500.

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All (20) coins of type: Platinum Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Platinum Ounce 2007 Britannia 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Platinum Ounce 2008 Britannia 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 325 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 100 ' POUNDS '
Platinum Ounce 2017 Lion of England unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Red Dragon of Wales unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Unicorn of Scotland unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Black Bull of Clarence unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS ·
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Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Pound)
Total Mintage325
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.690 mm
Mass31.386 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-NKAA-ENQG
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2014 UK GB 1 oz Platinum First World War Centenary
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Platinum Ounce 2014 WW1 - Outbreak: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4905 (was P1)