Dead Man’s Penny

Original "Death Penny" issued by the British government after World War 1 to honor the memory of British and Commonwealth personnel lost in the war. The plaque measures 121mm, or 4.76 inches in diameter. (Bill Howard Collection) In order to appropriately commemorate the British war dead, the government determined to issue a bronze Memorial Plaque to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire personnel who were killed in the Great War. Because of its bronze circular design, it became known as the “Dead Man’s Penny.” A national artistic competition was announced and entries were submitted for consideration. The design selected for the plaque was submitted by the artist, Edward Carter Preston

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