Pobjoy Releases 100 Years of the First World War Coins for Ascension Island

31 Oct 2018  Wed

Pobjoy Mint released a special coin called “The Last Post” for Ascension Island to observe the 100th anniversary of the First World War. It features a trumpet being blown to signal the Last Post. The background depicts their camp, the flag at half-mast and coloured Poppies to honour those who lost their lives in the War.

The First World War began on 28th July 1914 and ended on 11th November 1918. More than 70 million soldiers offered their service in this war. The conflict began after Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was killed, leading to diplomatic crisis and international alliances which were formed over several years. Major Powers got involved in the War within weeks and the entire world was affected by the same.

The Last Post is a trumpet call used at Commonwealth military funerals to honour soldiers who lost their lives. It was initially used to indicate that the last sentry post was inspected and the camp was secure. It also indicated wounded or separated soldiers that the fighting was over and they can now look for safety and rest.

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