As the first Christmas of the war in 1914 approached, there was a natural desire to give a token of appreciation to those on the front line.
And so, on 15 October 1914, Princess Mary, King George V’s daughter, launched her Christmas Gift Fund asking the public: “I want you now to help me send a Christmas present from the whole nation to every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front.”
And today you have the chance to own a genuine Princess Mary Christmas Tin complete with extremely sought after 1918 dated Silver coins.
‘to every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front’
On Christmas Day 1914, these beautiful brass Christmas tins were distributed to British service personnel, in accordance with Princess Mary’s wishes.
A large number of these tins were subsequently damaged in the war, with many being blown apart by shells or rusting away in the wet conditions in the trench. However, the boxes that have survived are now distinctive mementoes of the war’s first Christmas.
They are also fascinating historical artefacts – each tin is totally unique and may have even been there in the trenches 100 years ago protecting a young tommy’s keepsakes.
Limited number of historic tins available
We have built up a stock of these remarkable pieces to offer collectors, and now have a limited number of genuine Christmas tins available and ready to deliver for Christmas. Each tin includes 5 coins, all from 1918: the Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence.
But with such a limited number available you will need to act very quickly to be in with a chance of owning this historic Christmas gift.
Click ‘Add to basket’ to order your Princess Mary Tin coin set now.
WWI Princess Mary Christmas Tin Silver Coin Set
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- Country of Issue: United Kingdom
- Year of Issue: 1918
- Coins included:
- Metal (all coins): 925/1000 Silver
- Diameter: various
- Weight: various