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2005 - 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to come under German Occupation. During the five years of occupation, some Islanders were evacuated from the Islands whilst many others remained, suffering great hardship. On the morning of the 9th May, 1945, much to the relief of the Islanders, the announcement was made that the occupying forces had surrendered. Liberation Day has been celebrated within the Islands ever since.

Liberation Design

The design by Mike Guilfoyle depicts Sir Winston Churchill, the great wartime leader and statesman who was renowned for his stirring speeches that inspired the nation. The coin is inscribed with his famous quotation ``and our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today``.

Celebration Design

The design by Mike Guilfoyle depicts a typical street party scene. The design captures the joyful scenes of 1945 with ecstatic crowds waving the Union Flag.

The obverse of the coins show the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf.

Both of these coins are currently available in £5 Cupro-Nickel.