60 Years since the end of WW2

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Specifications

Issued 2005
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12g
Composition Outer: nickel-brass 76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc
Composition Inner: Cupro-nickel 75% copper, 25% nickel
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Bob Elderton
Edge Milled
Inscription In victory magnanimity in peace goodwill
Mintage 10,191,000
 

Design details:


The Second World War brought devastation to British cities, but while London burned St Paulís miraculously escaped destruction, its Dome according to The Times seeming to Ďride the sea of fire like a great shipí. Serene and comparatively unscathed amid a city in flames, the great cathedral survived to become a symbol of hope to a beleaguered nation. And it was this image of St Paulís cathedral during the blitz that had such an impact on Robert Elderton as he undertook his research for a suitable reverse for the new two-pound coin celebrating the coming of peace in 1945: ĎIts survival during the fire bombing of London seemed such an iconic image. The coin more or less designed itself when I came across the image of St Paulís lit up with the search beams in the shape of a V for Victory. A lot of credit should go to Sir Christopher Wren and the searchlight operators!í. Robert Elderton may jest but he has ensured that the spectacular architecture of St Paulís Cathedral has been faithfully reproduced to make a beautifully composed and very fitting image for this celebratory coin.
 

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