First World War Centenary The second £2 coin in the Royal Mint’s five year programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War pays tribute to the Royal Navy. At the time, it was by far the most powerful navy in the world, and was a major asset to Britain in defending coastal waters against the Germans. Renowned military artist David Rowlands designed the reverse of this coin, and it features a battleship approaching on the open sea. Edge Inscription: THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN
RAF Centenary To mark the centenary of The RAF and honour their sacrifice in protecting Great Britain’s skies The Royal Mint issued a 2018 commemorative £2 coin. The Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 during the First World War, and is the oldest air force in the world. Since it was formed the RAF have played a significant role in British military history. Its role in The Battle of Britain in 1940 is the RAF’s most famous triumph.
The Scouting movement was started in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell at an experimental camp in 1907 on Brownsea Island in Dorset. Baden-Powell was a decorated soldier, talented artist and free-thinker who believed in teaching boys practical outdoor activities and resourcefulness. 'Be prepared' became the motto of the scouting movement and features on the design of this commemorative 50p.
RAF Spitfire This coin features one of the most famous aircraft ever built, the Supermarine Spitfire. Designed by R J Mitchell, the Spitfire first flew in 1936 and went on to contribute heavily to the ultimate victory of WWII. The Rolls Royce engine, streamlined fuselage and sleek elliptical wing shape make this iconic aircraft one of the most graceful fighters ever designed.