Replace the Kitchener £2 coin with one that truly commemorates the millions who died in the first world war
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Replace the Kitchener £2 coin with one that truly commemorates the millions who died in the first world war

    1. Symon Hill
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      Symon Hill

      London, United Kingdom

The Royal Mint has chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war with a £2 coin featuring Horatio Kitchener (the Secretary for War in 1914) and his recruiting slogan "Your country needs you".

The coin does nothing to commeorate the millions of people who died in the war, or the millions more who were wounded, traumatised, displaced, impoverished, imprisoned or bereaved. Instead, the coin glorifies war by featuring the message of Kitchener, who as both a general and a politician played a key role in policies that contributed to a senseless waste of life. Kitchener was complicit in atrocities in Sudan and South Africa prior to world war one, including the Omdurman massacre of 1898.

The coin has already been criticised by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England). Other groups, both religious and secular, are likely to add their voices soon.

We can mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war by remembering the dead and working to prevent war. We call on the Royal Mint to withdraw this coin design and replace it with one that truly commemorates those who died and suffered in the first world war.

To:
Royal Mint
The new £2 coin featuring Kitchener does nothing to commemorate the millions of people who died in world war one. We urge you to replace the Kitchener coin with one that truly commemorates the dead. If there is not time for this, we ask you in any case to withhold the Kitchener coin from circulation.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • May Gillan EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 days ago

      Because the true heroes are the guys who fought to protect us

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    • c henderson NORTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      crass , ugly coin.

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    • Marian Smith KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      It is very important that we all remember the commitment that was made by these millions of young men that fought for their country and died in the 1st World War. This country may have been a whole lot different but for the people that fought in both the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

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    • Andrew Smith LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 16 days ago

      The coin commemorates the government's conscription efforts, not the lives laid down by the people.

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    • jason shearer WENDOVER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 18 days ago

      My grandfather died in The 1st world war,27th jan 1917,my mother never knew him,she was only 5

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