The British Royal Mint has issued the new 2006 Victoria Cross 50p Silver Piedfort 2 coin set. These are two coins, one focusing on the award itself while the other honors the heroic acts performed. Housed in a luxurious two-coin case the fifty pence coins come complete with a colorfully-illustrated booklet with Certificate of Authenticity.
These beautifully designed, limited-edition Silver Proof Piedfort coins celebrate the sesquicentenary of the institution of the Victoria Cross. Both are struck to glorious Proof quality in sterling.925 silver
There is a Low issue limit of just 5,000 authorised to satisfy worldwide demand
The Piedfort which literally means 'heavy weight', originated in the royal courts of twelfth-century France. They were thicker than normal coins and were given as prized gifts by the King to a small number of favored dignitaries. Today, our Piedforts continue this tradition by being struck using blanks that are double the weight of their circulating counterparts – and therefore contain twice the amount of pure silver.
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest recognition for valour 'in the face of the enemy' that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces of any rank in any service, or civilians under military command. It is also the highest award in the British Honours system and as a tribute we have struck to Proof quality two magnificent piedforts, one celebrating the heroic acts and the other dedicated to the highly regarded medal itself.
Housed in a luxurious two-coin case the fifty pence coins come complete with a colorfully illustrated booklet with Certificate of Authenticity. They are struck in sterling.925 silver to glorious Proof quality and a worldwide issue limit of 5,000 only.
The new 2006 Victoria Cross 50p Silver Piedfort 2 coin set coins will make a very fine addition to any enthusiastic collection of silver coins.