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UK Churchill crown with edge inscription

Started by <k>, February 02, 2015, 06:04:50 PM

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After Winston Churchill died in January 1965, the government decided that a special crown ( a 5 shillings coin) should be issued to commemorate him. The Royal Mint considered adding an edge inscription to the crown that would list his many titles and honours. However, the need was to produce the maximum number of coins in the shortest period of time. Adding an edge inscription would have slowed down production, so the idea was dropped, and the crown was issued with a milled edge.

This information appeared in the January 2015 edition of Coin News (Token Publishing, UK). Back issues may still be available. The image below is © Coin News / Token Publishing.

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The edge inscription of the UK Churchill pattern crown.
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They forgot PC DL FRS RA and PM

KG: Knight of the Garter
OM: Order of Merit
CH: Companion of Honour
TD: Territorial Decoration
PC: Politically Correct
DL: Deputy Lieutenant
FRS: Fellow of the Royal Society
RA: Member of the Royal Academy of Arts
PM: Prime Minister
MP: Member of Parliament

I may not have all of them correct ;) but the most important honours are listed by the BBC and Wikipedia provided much of the rest and some explanations. BTW, lieutenant here is not the military rank but a civil service rank, where lieutenant is something like governor.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


PC is Privy Counsellor ; very "Politically Correct" I suppose as they all swear an oath to protect and serve the Crown  ;D