Marking the 150th Anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross

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Specifications

Issued 2006
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Claire Aldridge
Edge Plain
Inscription 29 JAN 1856 ,letters VC and the value FIFTY PENCE below.
Mintage 12,087,000
 

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The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can achieve. A recommendation for the Victoria Cross is normally issued by an officer at regimental level or equivalent and has to be supported by three witnesses. 634 VC's were awarded in World War One and 182 in World War Two.

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