The Merchant Navy is often referred to as the ‘Fourth Service’, but it has also become the forgotten service, with the huge contribution of the merchant fleet during the war too often overlooked and undervalued.

The thousands of merchant seafarers who made up the ‘Fourth Service’ during the war are our ‘unsung heroes’ – their heroism and the sacrifices largely unreported and uncelebrated.

The London Mint Office is proud to change this with the official Battle of Atlantic Gold Sovereign - sales from which help fund donations to, The Merchant Navy Association.

Approved by Buckingham Palace and officially endorsed by the Merchant Navy Association. 

The reverse design of the sovereign features a beautiful depiction of one of the US built Liberty Ships that helped change the face of the war. The obverse bears a portrait of HM The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley and holds the Official Battle of the Atlantic Merchant Navy Association Anchor privy mark.

Low Edition Limit

Just 660 of these gold sovereigns have been issued worldwide, each one struck to proof condition and in solid 22 carat gold, the traditional purity of gold sovereigns dating back to 1817. They carry a unique 'Anchor’ mint mark  - denoting they are official products from the Merchant Navy Association. The anchor is a symbol of strength and in heraldry is a symbol of hope

Comes with exclusive documents from the personal archives of a Merchant Navy Veteran

We are immensely grateful that Battle of the Atlantic veteran, Ron Quested, has exclusively shared his wartime records, documents and photographs. Painstakingly reproduced in an informative presentation pack these accompany each Gold Sovereign, offering a real insight into what life was like aboard the Liberty Ships at this dangerous time. 

 

 

Specifications
Metal:
.916 - 22 carat gold
Quality:
Proof
Weight:
7.98 grams
Diameter:
22.05 mm
Country of issue:
Gibraltar
Denomination:
One Sovereign
Year of issue:
2016
Mintage limit:
660