||Outer: nickel-brass 76%
copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc
||Inner: Cupro-nickel 75%
copper, 25% nickel
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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. This design was selected to mark the centenary of the start of
the First World War because the poster has come to be strongly associated
with the outbreak of the war and is recognised by much of the population.
It is intended to highlight the Government propaganda campaign to
conscript army volunteers at the start of the war.
Though many posters encouraged the men of Britain to enlist, the image of
Kitchener himself has come 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 the experienced artist John Bergdahl turned to
create his stirring design: ‘Your country needs you!’.
In 2014 this coin marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World
War and was the first coin in a five-year series, 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
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