2018 $20 FINE SILVER COIN -FIRST WORLD WAR ALLIED FORCES: GREAT BRITAIN
From the soldiers in the trenches to the nurses near the front lines, risking one’s life to save another is the very definition of heroism. The reverse of this last coin in our First World War: Allies series pays homage to the men and women who served in the British Armed Forces, represented by the gold‐plated General Service button.
Item Number: 166722
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Artist: Pandora Young
Packaging: Standard maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- LAST IN A FOUR COIN SERIES: This series reflects on the wartime contributions of select Allied forces that were united in one common cause throughout the First World War.
- FOUR ALLIES, ONE LAST PUSH: The engraved image is a tribute to the nursing sisters, whose selfless dedication to the sick and injured soldiers earned them the moniker “angels of Mercy.”
- THE IMAGE OF COMPASSION: There is a sense of layered depth to the touching yet complex design on the reverse, where different finishes place the focus on a nurse and her charge amidst the chaos of a field hospital.
- SELECTIVE GOLD PLATING: Like all coins in this limited series, selective gold plating highlights British General Service button.
- FOR KING AND COUNTRY: Selective gold plating also highlights the effigy of King George V on the obverse, which resembles that of all Canadian coins issued during the First World War.
- COLLECT ALL 4 COINS FOR THE COMPLETE STORY! It’s a touching memorial to all the combatants — one that goes beyond borders to put a face on the Great War.
The reverse image by Canadian artist Pandora Young travels to a field hospital located near the front during the First World War. While the pointed peaks of medical tents can be seen in the background, the presence of several stretcher‐bearers and other personnel suggest a battle is underway and casualties are arriving from the front lines. Special finishes place the focus on the British nurse in the foreground, whose quick movements reflect a sense of urgency; keeping pace with the stretcher‐bearers, her gaze is fixed on the wounded soldier as she quickly assesses his condition while providing words of comfort. The engraved image is paired with the gold‐plated General Service button. The selectively gold‐plated obverse features the effigy of King George V by Sir E. B. Mackennal.