Victoria Cross 50p
Victoria Cross 50p The Medals
There were two different Victoria Cross 50p coins released in 2006 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross.
Victoria Cross 50p The Medals Coin Design
Designed by Claire Aldridge, the medals version of the VC 50p, depicts both sides of a Victoria Cross medal with the date 29 JAN 1856 on one side, the letters VC to the right and the value FIFTY PENCE below. The words “FOR VALOR”. The obverse has the Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Victoria Cross 50p Wounded Soldier Coin Design
What is the Victoria Cross?
The Victoria Cross was instituted by Queen Victoria on 29 January 1856 and made retrospective to 1854 to include actions in the Crimean War.
The Victoria Cross is awarded “for most conspicuous bravery or some daring pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy”.
The award is the most democratic of all military decorations and is bestowed irrespective of rank, race, or creed, or any other circumstances or condition to those serving in British and Commonwealth forces who have shown most conspicuous bravery. To date there have been 1355 awards of the Victoria Cross.
This total includes three Bars and the award to the American Unknown Warrior made in 1921.
To date, the medal has been awarded 1,355 times. A large number of these were awarded during the World Wars: 634 in World War One and 182 awarded in World War Two.