In 2015, the Royal Mint issued a 50 pence coin to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
By July 1940, Nazi Germany had defeated most of Europe, including France, and were ready to commence with a seaborne invasion of Britain (nicknamed Operation Sea Lion). In preparation for the invasion, the German air forces (Luftwaffe) were sent to destroy Britain's Royal Air Force in order to prevent them from sinking the ships carrying German soldiers across.
German planes attacked towns and army defences first, before moving their targets to airport runways and British radar. The British Air Force fought back, shooting down German planes and defending their country in the process.
As Hitler grew frustrated with how long it was taking to defeat Britain's air force, the raids began to become less frequent.
The name 'Battle of Britain comes from a speech by Sir Winston Churchill, in which he (referring to France being overrun by Germany) said that "the Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin."
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The obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen.
The reverse design is by sculptor, Gary Breeze, and shows pilots running to their planes. Breeze has said that the inspiration behind the design was to remind people "of the selfless sacrifice of the few. The airmen run away from us. They don't walk slowly to their fate, and we may never see them again.”
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