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Trafalgar coins mark anniversary
Commemorative Nelson Crown
The coins will be offered as part of a souvenir package
The Royal Mint is marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar with two commemorative 5 crowns.

A portrait by James Butler of Nelson in the uniform of a Vice Admiral with the dates 1805 and 2005 features on the reverse of the first coin.

A companion piece designed by Clive Duncan details a battle scene.

The signal sent by Nelson ahead of Trafalgar - "England expects that every man will do his duty" - is inscribed on the edge of the collector's items.

National hero

A series of events are being held this week to mark the bicentenary of Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

We hope that by creating a coin to commemorate Lord Nelson, he will be remembered by generations to come as a national hero
Gerald Sheehan, Royal Mint

"We are delighted to be able to honour the momentous achievements of such a significant character in British history," said Gerald Sheehan, Chief Executive of the Royal Mint.

"We hope that by creating a coin to commemorate Lord Nelson, he will be remembered by generations to come as a national hero."

The portrait of The Queen on the crowns by Ian Rank-Broadley is the same design that has appeared on UK coinage since 1998.


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