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United Nations 50th Anniversary 1995 Two Pounds Coin
The Royal Mint produced two different, but complementary two pound coins in 1995. One was issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
The United Nations
The United Nations was established in the aftermath of a devastating war, created to maintain world peace and security and to work for social progress. It finds its roots in the Atlantic Charter which , after a series of meetings in warships off the coast of Newfoundland, was drawn up in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In search of peace, the Charter called for "the fullest collaboration between all nations".
In June 1945 some fifty nations meeting in San Francisco approved the United Nations Charter and on 24th October, now officially celebrated as United Nations Day, the Charter was ratified and brought into effect. Fifty years later, in 1995, the United Nations celebrates a history of remarkable achievement and the beginning of an era of new challenges requiring the co-operation of each and every nation.
"Raising the banner of hope wherever there is need, conflict and tension in the world".
Since its inception the United Nations has sought to resolve potential conflicts peacefully, to alleviate poverty, hunger and the ravages of disease, and to ensure that every man, woman and child in the world enjoys basic human rights and the protection of the law. With 185 members it encompasses almost all humanity and strives
The United Nations Headquarters
A key decision of the first General Assembly was to place the United Nations' permanent Headquarters in the United States. In December 1946 the American financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. offered a gift of $8.5 million to purchase the East River site in New York City. The City donated the adjacent land and waterfront rights along the East River, and today the sixteen-acre tract of international territory on Manhattan Island is the nerve centre for the worldwide activity of the United Nations. It is peopled by men and women from every corner of the globe and, arranged in alphabetical order, the flags of the 185 member countries fly before the General Assembly building.
The United Nations Today
Today the United Nations represents almost all humanity and its family of specialised agencies are at work worldwide, touching every aspect of peoples lives in areas as diverse as child survival and development, environmental protection, human rights, health and medical research, alleviation of poverty, education, emergency and disaster relief.
The agencies work under the jurisdiction of the United Nations' six main organs. All, apart from the International Court of Justice, are based at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The Third Portrait
The obverse (head side) is the third major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ralph David Maklouf, FRSA.
It came into use in 1985 and continued until 1997 inclusive, a total of thirteen years.
The special reverse design of the United Nations commemorative £2 coin shows flags of nations accompanying the 50th anniversary symbol. It has been created by the sculptor Michael Rizzello, who saw military service during and after the Second World War and therefore has personal experience of a world at war.
After demobilisation, Michael Rizzello studied at the Royal College of Art, winning the RCA Major Travelling Scholarship, and also in France and Italy, having been awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture.
Now a distinguished Past President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, his association with the Royal Mint stretches back over more than thirty years, during which time he has designed coins and medals for a remarkable number of countries.
Of his design for the historic United Nations 50th Anniversary coin, he says:
"The flags clustered around the 50th Anniversary emblem are purely symbolic and I deliberately avoided any reference to numbers, individual member states or their perceived importance, simply, nations uniting around and into the United Nations".
Born in England of Italian parents, Michael Rizzello is truly an international sculptor. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Honours List.
The edge is milled, with no inscription.
|Version||Diameter||Weight||Alloy||Actual Metal Weight|
|Piedfort Silver Proof||28.40||31.96||.925||0.9505|
Notes to Table
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of metal content.
AMW = Fine metal content in troy ounces.
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Piedfort Silver Proof
1995 Two Pound Two Coin Set
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