UK: Proposal to Issue £2 Coin Commemorating Edith Cavell

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25 June 2014 Last updated at 16:20

Edith Cavell £2 coin considered by chancellor

The chancellor has agreed to consider adding World War One heroine Edith Cavell to its list of designs for the new £2 coin.

The Norfolk nurse helped hundreds of Allied troops escape from German-occupied Belgium.

Ex-Army officer Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central, made the request at Treasury questions in the Commons.

George Osborne, who is also Master of the Royal Mint, said he would take it up with the Mint's advisory committee.

Coins are due to be released over the next five years to mark the Great War.

Relatives of nurse Cavell, a vicar's daughter from Swardeston, near Norwich, delivered a petition bearing 110,000 signatures to the Treasury last month after it was announced former war secretary Lord Kitchener would feature on a coin.

Campaigners said the coins should also celebrate those who advocated peace.

A £2 coin depicting Lord Kitchener has already been unveiled by the Royal Mint.

Cavell's actions broke German military law and after she was caught she was shot by firing squad in 1915, aged 49.

The campaign follows last year's successful petition to put author Jane Austen on the back of £10 notes after a public outcry that every banknote featured a man.

Source: BBC

Image Caption: Edith Cavell was shot by a German firing squad in 1915
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Bimat

Edith Cavell will now appear on a £5 collector coin instead of £2 commemorative...

5 July 2014 Last updated at 01:22

WW1 nurse Edith Cavell to feature on new £5 coin

Edith Cavell, the British nurse executed by the Germans during World War One, is to be featured on a new commemorative £5 coin.

The coin will form part of a set to be issued next year by the Royal Mint marking the centenary of the war.

Cavell worked as a nurse in German-occupied Belgium, helping save the lives of soldiers from both sides.

She was shot by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers to escape across the border into the Netherlands.

Treasury minister Nicky Morgan said: "She showed true bravery by helping injured soldiers, regardless of their nationality, and it is right that she should be honoured as a British hero.

"She risked her life to help Allied forces escape and in doing so paid the ultimate price. It is important that we remember the sacrifices made by so many people in different ways during the war."

In May relatives of Cavell, a vicar's daughter from Swardeston, near Norwich, delivered a petition bearing 110,000 signatures to the Treasury, calling for her to be honoured on a new £2 coin.

The campaign was launched after it was announced former war secretary Lord Kitchener would feature on a coin.

Campaigners said the coins should also celebrate those who advocated peace.

It followed last year's successful petition to put author Jane Austen on the back of £10 notes after a public outcry that every banknote featured a man.

Last week Chancellor George Osborne agreed to consider adding Cavell to a list of designs for the new £2 coin.

Cavell's actions broke German military law and after she was caught she was shot by firing squad in 1915, aged 49.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Norwich for her funeral procession before she was buried at the city's Anglican Cathedral.

Source: BBC
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

Candy

This is a very good proposal and I really hope this proposal is approved . Someone like Edith really deserves to be commemorated.