In 1994, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Europe, the Royal Mint is releasing a Limited Issue Brilliant Uncirculated D-Day 50p Fifty Pence Coin Pack.
Plans to liberate Europe began in earnest in the Spring of 1943. Under the Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D Eisenhower, the air, sea and land might of Britain, the Commonwealth and the United States, as well as units from virtually every occupied country in Europe, were to form the largest invasion force ever seen.
By the Spring of 1944 more than three million men had gathered in Southern England in readiness for the Normandy Landings.
It was realized that an invasion was likely in the Summer of 1944 but the exact date and location remained one of the best-kept secrets of the War. Thus Operation Overlord, one of the most difficult military operations ever undertaken, was able to begin just after midnight on 6th June 1944 – in the first hour of the day that would forever be known as D-Day.
The Allied invasion force filling the sea and sky and heading for Normandy on 6th June vividly captured on this splendid commemorative coin.
The design was created by award-winning sculptor John Mills and was inspired by his boyhood recollections of that historic day. Looking up at the sky he saw it filled with distinctively marked planes and realized that the invasion of France was underway.
Raphael Maklouf’s much-acclaimed portrait of Her Majesty, the Queen graces the obverse.
- Limited Mintage Worldwide
- Struck to Royal Mint’s Brilliant Uncirculated Quality – A Finer Finish Than Circulating Coins
- Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings
- Royal Mint Presentation Pack