Special £2 coin unveiled as 75th anniversary tribute to heroes of D-Day landings
A £2 coin marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, seen as a crucial turning point in the Second World War, has been launched by the Royal Mint.
The Mint said the coin was designed as a tribute to those who planned and participated in the epic landings on June 6, 1944.
The coin, designed by the Royal Mint's Stephen Taylor, takes inspiration from military maps to depict the Allied strategy to land on five Normandy beaches.
With a huge invasion force, the Allies stormed five beaches - code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
Overcoming a series of defences known as the Atlantic Wall, the Allies were able to secure a foothold on the continent and begin the liberation of occupied Europe.
Created with Imperial War Museums (IWM), the coin is not going into general circulation and is available to buy from the Royal Mint website, from £10 for a brilliant uncirculated version to £845 for a gold proof coin.
Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at the Royal Mint, said: "The D-Day landings is one of the most significant events in our nation's history and it's important that we remember the instrumental impact that the landings had on the outcome of the Second World War.
"Seventy-five years on, our commemorative £2 coin is a fitting tribute to the significance and scale of the operation.
"And it is also an important recognition of the bravery of those that made D-Day possible," the director added.