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The Dead Man’s Penny is a commemorative medallion which was presented to the next-of kin of the men and women who died during World War One. The bronze medallion features an image of Lady Britannia surrounded by two dolphins (representing Britain’s sea power) and a lion (representing Britain) standing over a defeated eagle (symbolising Germany). Around the outer edge of the medallion are the words: He died for freedom and honour. Next to Lady Britannia is the deceased solider’s name, with no rank provided to show equality in their sacrifice. The Dead Man’s Penny was accompanied by a letter from King George V, stating: I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War.

Dead Man's Penny

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