In little over a week’s time, football will once again take over our televisions and newspapers. From 10 June to 10 July, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be competing at Euro 2016 in France, 50 years since a team from the ‘home nations’ last won a major trophy at the 1966 World Cup. Yesterday, the England football team played its final friendly before Euro 2016, against Portugal at Wembley Stadium, and a rather special coin was used to kick off proceedings…
Coin collectors and football fans alike will be pleased to learn that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, a landmark moment in sporting history, in association with the Football Association. Yesterday, we revealed the official 1966 World Cup EnglandTM 2016 Alderney £5 coin, designed by Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble, and it was one of these very coins that was used in the pre-match coin toss in England’s final friendly match before Euro 2016.
That particular coin was made even more special as it was struck by Stephanie Moore MBE, widow of 1966 World Cup winner and England captain Bobby Moore, on her recent visit to The Royal Mint to mark the launch of the coin and start production. Stephanie is also the founder of The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and a donation from each of the official 1966 World Cup coins purchased will be made to The Bobby Moore Fund.
The release of the official 1966 World Cup coin this week also kicks off a summer of celebration that includes a 1966 World Cup Exhibition at the National Football Museum in Manchester from 25 June 2016 – 23 April 2017 and culminates with World Cup ’66 Live, a major event at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 30 July – the 50th anniversary of that triumphant evening.