The 2019 Heroes of Sword Beach Gold Sovereign
Seventy-five years ago, Allied forces in World War Two launched the largest attack by land, air and sea in history. The mission was to capture the beaches of Normandy, in France, to create a pathway into mainland Europe to allow it to be liberated from the grip of German occupation.
This was Operation Overlord and in the words of Sir Winston Churchill it was “undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult” operation that had ever taken place.
The first day of this assault on the Normandy beaches has become known to history as ‘D-Day’. Now, in 2019, we mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with an innovative gold sovereign coin, the first ever to be produced with a contoured edge, matching the shape of ‘Sword’ beach where British troops led the attack on D-Day. It’s the first of its kind, ever.
A GROUND-BREAKING GOLD COIN FOR AN EVENT THAT CHANGED HISTORY
On 6th June 1944, while naval vessels bombarded the heavily fortified German defences along the Normandy coast and Allied aircraft mounted a relentless airborne assault, British, Canadian and American troops stormed a number of targeted beaches as part of the D-Day Landings.
Sword beach was assigned to British troops and was the easternmost landing site of the invasion on the Normandy coast. The initial landings were achieved with low casualties but the advance from the beach was slowed by traffic congestion and resistance in heavily defended areas behind the beachhead. The only armoured counter-attack of the day halted further progress towards Caen, mounted by the 21st Panzer Division.
With so few veterans of this conflict still with us today, it is all the more important to remember their service to our country. A unique and lasting commemoration ensures that future generations understand what was achieved on D-Day 1944, and at what cost.
The new sovereign coins that have been minted to mark this important anniversary are technically demanding to strike – a significant British gold coin for an event of national importance.
Never before has a sovereign coin with a contoured edge been struck. Authorised by The East Caribbean States and minted in Britain it is a superb tribute to the heroes of D-Day.
To reflect the cooperation of British, US and Canadian troops on D-Day these coins – remarkably – feature their face value in both ‘sovereigns’ and ‘dollars’!
Minted from solid 22 carat gold, the mintage is restricted to just 2,019 coins.