The story of England's 1966 FIFA World Cup victory has been told and re-told so many times that it has reached legendary status. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of that fabled day when England beat West-Germany 4-2 in extra time.
To mark the occasion the Royal Mint has issued a commemorative £5 coin for Alderney. The 2016 Alderney crown features the Jules Rimet Trophy(the FIFA World Cup Trophy until 1974) and the Royal Arms of England superimposed over a old leather football that has a map of the world on it. The legend is inscribed in a circle surrounding the centre imagery. The legend reads : “ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP”, “JULES RIMMET”, “ENGLAND” and “1966”. Between the inner circle and the raised rim are linear bands radiating out from the centre, reminiscent of the Union Jack. The reverse was designed by Emma Noble.
The obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the legend reading : “ ALDERNEY FIVE POUNDS ELIZABETH II 2016”.
The coin is available in three variants. The first is a crown sized uncirculated cupro-nickel coin. The uncirculated coin is shipped in a printed blister pack for £13.00 each.
The second version is a sterling silver proof coin with a total weight of 28.28gram. The coin measures 38.61mm just as the uncirculated coin does. The silver proof coin has a limited mintage of 6 600 coins, evoking the 1966 event, and is issued in a black clamshell case for £82.50.
Finally there is a 22ct gold proof coin. Here again the coin measures 38.61mm but with a weight of well over 1oz of fine gold at 39.94gram. The gold coin has a limited mintage of only 120 coins and is issued in a luxury wooden display case. This last coin is set to retail for £1800.00
All of the three variants share the same design and have a face value of £5. The Royal Mint has announced that 9% of the proceeds gained from the silver and gold coins will be donated to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.