New Commemorative Six-Coin Set  2018 – First World War – Royal Mint – T. E. Lawrence

New Commemorative Six-Coin Set 2018 – First World War – Royal Mint – T. E. Lawrence

The Royal Mint is to highlight the part played by a charismatic British Intelligence Officer who fought alongside guerrilla forces in the Middle East during the First World War, by depicting his portrait on precious metal £5 coins in gold and silver.

 


£5, Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888–1935)

Designer: David Cornell

Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, CB, DSO, better known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, is to feature in The Royal Mint’s 6-coin sets for 2018 alongside a moving selection of people, themes and events that continue the organisation’s telling of the First World War story, 100 years on. Other themes include the widows left behind, women in the workforce, the Royal Air Force, tanks, and Ypres.

The series has been created in association with Imperial War Museums (IWM), and references some of the heroes of the time, key battles, the part played by armed forces and support services, technological developments and the cultural impact of war.

Nicola Howell, The Royal Mint’s Director of Consumer Business said: “The Royal Mint has a long association with the military, having made medals for military campaigns since 1815, so we are honoured this year to be reflecting on the wartime work of T.E. Lawrence, and focussing on other poignant First World War themes from 1918, 100 years on.”

 

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888–1935) The first world war 1918

 

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888–1935) The first world war 1918

 

T.E. Lawrence CB, DSO (1888–1935)

The design commemorating T. E. Lawrence was created by sculptor, David Cornell, who was inspired by a sense of adventure. The edge inscription reads ‘I WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS’ and is taken from the introductory poem to Lawrence’s book Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

“I chose to show Lawrence in his Arabian headdress, flowing down to almost become part of the desert itself. The camels and riders in the foreground represent the Arab revolt in 1916 when Lawrence joins Sharif Faisal’s campaign against the Turks, tying down thousands of Turkish troops and preventing them from fighting against the regular allied troops.
I was honoured to be asked to design coins in memory of the bravery and dedication to duty of just a few outstanding people and to represent the many who gave their lives for our freedom. I have tried to capture just some of the outstanding feats of bravery shown in the most difficult of circumstances.”
David Cornell

David Cornell has completed a number of commissions for The Royal Mint including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Coin and the coin struck to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. David’s designs for this series of First World War Six-Coin Sets explore the human element of the conflict and the bravery of individuals like T. E. Lawrence.

 

 


£5, Ypres

Designer: John Bergdahl

John Bergdahl’s design remembers the conflict at Ypres. The coin carries the edge inscription ‘HERE WAS THE WORLD’S WORST WOUND’ taken from Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘On Passing the New Menin Gate’.

 

 

 

“My design shows a burial at the side of road – it was a common thing, hundreds died along the way to the battlefields, no ceremony, perhaps a few friends to lay you to rest where you fell. For me, it was symbolic of the huge numbers who died in those battles without a grave to call their own.

 

The ruined building in the background is the Cloth Hall. It had been the centre of the cloth trade in the whole of Belgium for centuries and was destroyed during the war, although it has since been rebuilt. It speaks of what the Western Front was all about, land passed back and fore in a futile struggle. It was a focal point, the very thing both sides had in their sights all the time. And they destroyed it.”

John Bergdahl

 

John Bergdahl has created many coin designs for The Royal Mint, marking both royal and historical events and anniversaries. His recent work includes the collection of three £2 coins that celebrated the life and works of William Shakespeare in 2016. His designs for the First World War Six-Coin Sets explore the pivotal battles of the conflict.

 

 


£5, Tanks
Designer: Edwina Ellis

Edwina Ellis has depicted one of the major innovations of the First World War, the tank. The edge inscription is ‘THE DEVIL IS COMING’, allegedly cried by a German soldier as the first tank entered the battlefield.

 

 

“In my designs I sought to capture the contrast between innovation and execution: the earliest Howitzers trundled into the war on huge wooden cart wheels, and it is sobering to realise that there was no communication at all in aeroplanes and the Navy used flag-hoists. These are staggering facts to discover in the internet age. It was humbling and made me appreciate the courage of those who served even more.

 

The rolling segmented tracks on a continuous band was innovative in the tank. I concentrated on these huge pads of metal. It must have been such a boon to develop a vehicle that could crush down barbed wire. I think the tank represents necessity as the mother of invention, more than any other contemporary advance in technology because unlike planes, submarines or dreadnoughts, they had no precedence in peacetime and grew out of that particular war.”

Edwina Ellis

 

Edwina Ellis is a graphic designer and printmaker. She has worked with The Royal Mint on a number of commissions, including a series of designs featuring bridges of the UK for the £1 coin, launched in 2004. Edwina’s designs for the First World War Six-Coin Sets explore the technology that was developed during the First World War.

 


£5, Royal Air Force
Designer: David Rowland

David Rowland’s design shows a Sopwith Camel. The edge inscription reads ‘TUMULT IN THE CLOUDS’, taken from the poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ by W. B. Yeats.

 

 

“For me, the design represents the courage of people who had to get involved at close quarters. Their dogfights in the sky involved seeing the ‘whites of the eyes’ – not like modern combat, which tends to be carried out at a distance. It seemed a courageous thing to do, and shocking, as they saw the human result of their activity.

 I have great respect for the men and women who make up the armed forces, and am proud to have been on operations, rather than having an armchair viewpoint. To have been invited to contribute to this commemoration has been a privilege and an honour.”

David Rowlands

 

David Rowlands is an experienced military artist, whose realistic oil paintings record the dramatic events of war. David has been commissioned to record the activities of many regiments in their roles during the past 30 years and is still engaged in commemorative commissions. His work has taken him to Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus, Oman, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. His designs for the First World War Six-Coin Sets honour the armed services and support services involved in the conflict.

 


£5, Women in the Workforce

Designer: David Lawrence 

David Lawrence’s design remembers the women who worked on the home front. The edge inscription ‘ON HER THEIR LIVES DEPEND’ is taken from a contemporary poster recruiting women to the factories.

 

“The image is of a woman making shells. I wanted to show a woman in what had traditionally been a man’s role and to show her surrounded by the trappings of that role, large, hard-edged machinery, potentially dangerous – many munitions workers were killed, for example.

To juxtapose the hard and soft, I focused on the face, as women necessarily wore very ‘blank’ clothes so in the face I could really emphasise femininity. I found it poignant that this woman may be making an armament designed to kill the husbands of her ‘enemy’ and in Germany there were probably women trying to do the same to her father, brother or husband, destroying people who could in peacetime be a friend.”

David Lawrence

 

Sculptor, designer, artist and illustrator David Lawrence has created a broad portfolio of work in varied media since graduating with a degree in Scientific Illustration. David’s commissions for The Royal Mint include a £5 coin marking the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. His designs for the First World War Six-Coin Sets explore the cultural impact of the conflict.

 


£5, Widows left Behind

This design, by David Lawrence, remembers the women left behind after the First World War. The edge inscription reads ‘THE WATCHERS BY LONELY HEARTHS’ and is taken from the poem ‘The Cenotaph’ by Charlotte Mew.

 

 

 

“I thought a lot about the big battles of the war, and how so many would be receiving bad news on the same day. Nowadays we worry about our children crossing the street, but to know that someone we loved could be gone in a second, the level of anxiety at home must have been unbearable. You could lose them at any moment. I imagined that many soldiers would carry a letter in their breast pocket, probably their most valued possession, perhaps with a photograph of someone he loved and who loved him – a mother, a wife, a friend.

 

I have included a letter I saw at the Imperial War Museum, with the lovely words, ‘My own dear boy’. On top of the letter is her ‘dear boy’s’ victory medal, an ironic touch as he would never have received it in his own hand. I have imagined them both over some soil, as if this is all that is left. This is the price of victory. These things in a man’s pocket may be all that was left behind of him, all that love, all that striving, all that humanity. It is so very sad.”

David Lawrence

 

Specification

 

First World War 2018 £5 Silver 6-Coin Set

Coin title  

T. E. Lawrence CB, DSO (1888–1935)

 

Ypres

 

Tanks

 

Royal Air Force

 

Women in the Workforce

 

Widows left Behind

Denomination:

£5

£5 £5 £5 £5

£5

Issuing Authority:

UK

UK UK UK UK

UK

Metal:

925 Ag

925 Ag

925 Ag 925 Ag 925 Ag

925 Ag

Weight:

28.28g

28.28g 28.28g 28.28g 28.28g

28.28g

Diameter:

38.61mm

38.61mm 38.61mm 38.61mm 38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer:

Jody Clark

Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer:

David Cornell

John Bergdahl Edwina Ellis David Rowlands David Lawrence

David Lawrence

Quality:

Proof

Limited edition presentation

1918

Edge Lettering

‘I WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS’

‘HERE WAS THE WORLD’S WORST WOUND’ ‘THE DEVIL IS COMING’ ‘TUMULT IN THE CLOUDS’ ‘ON HER THEIR LIVES DEPEND’

‘THE WATCHERS BY LONELY HEARTHS’

RRP

£465.00

 

 

 

First World War 2018 £5 Gold 6-Coin Set​

Coin title  

T. E. Lawrence CB, DSO (1888–1935)

 

Ypres

Art and War  

Royal Air Force

 

Women in the Workforce

 

Widows left Behind

Denomination:

£5

£5 £5 £5 £5

£5

Issuing Authority:

UK

UK UK UK UK

UK

Metal:

916.7 Au

916.7 Au 916.7 Au 916.7 Au 916.7 Au

916.7 Au

Weight:

39.94g

39.94g 39.94g 39.94g 39.94g

39.94g

Diameter:

38.61mm

38.61mm 38.61mm 38.61mm 38.61mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer:

Jody Clark

Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer:

David Cornell

John Bergdahl Edwina Ellis David Rowlands David Lawrence

David Lawrence

Quality:

Proof

Limited edition presentation

1918

Edge Lettering

DUTY CALLED AND CALLED ME TO OBEY

‘HERE WAS THE WORLD’S WORST WOUND’ ‘THE DEVIL IS COMING’ ‘TUMULT IN THE CLOUDS’ ‘ON HER THEIR LIVES DEPEND’

‘THE WATCHERS BY LONELY HEARTHS’

 


For further information please visit www.royalmint.com    

Source: Royal Mint -NUMISMAG©

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