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Sunken treasure: Royal Mint strikes coins 70 years later

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant is striking a set of silver coins from the bullion recovered from a merchant ship that sank during the Second World War.

A 'limited number' of silver coins are being struck from the bullion.

British steam merchant ship SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat in February 1941 off the coast of Ireland, whilst it was carrying a large shipment of silver bullion bars from India, destined for the Royal Mint.

The ship was heading for the Royal Mint when it was sunk more than 70 years ago. Credit: Odyssey Marine Exploration

The ship and its cargo were located in September 2011, and the silver bullion recovered by marine exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration.

The bullion was three miles underwater - which they say made it the largest and deepest recovery of precious metal from a shipwreck in history.

The coins are edged with the name SS Gairsoppa.

Shane Bissett from the Royal Mint said: "The traditional Britannia coin design is the perfect image for the coins struck from SS Gairsoppa's long-lost cargo. We are so pleased to be able to bring these coins to the market at long last, albeit more than 70 years later than expected."

Girl, 9, finds empty WWII mine on Pembrokeshire beach

An empty mine, believed to date from World War Two, has been found on the coast at Bullslaughter Bay in Pembrokeshire.

The discovery was made by nine-year-old Kallianne Davies, from Hundleton.

Father Gareth Davies posted the photos on his page Hidden Pembrokeshire

The mine is believed to have been uncovered by recent bad weather Credit: Gareth Davies

"We were on the beach on Sunday afternoon for a picnic and a look around the caves. As we walked across the beach, my nine-year-old daughter shouted that she'd spotted 'something round' - I instantly recognised it as a mine" said Gareth.

"The storms have taken a lot of the sand off the beach and we think that's what has uncovered it, along with it only being visible at low tide."

Milford Haven Coastguard said the incident was brought to their attention but as the discovery was on an MoD range they had no direct involvement.

More: German World War Two mine blown up off the Milford Haven coast



Welsh Bevin Boy on 'last step' in overcoming 'stigma'

Emrys Hughes was a Bevin Boy in Wrexham, one of thousands of men around Britain who worked in coal mines during the Second World War.

He said he was "very angry" at being drafted to work in the mines, and experienced a "stigma" for not serving in the military.

He told ITV News' Lewis Vaughan Jones that today - when the Countess of Wessex unveiled a memorial to the Bevin Boys - was "the last step" in seeing that stigma overcome, and their contribution recognised.

Read More: Memorial dedicated to Bevin Boys at National Arboretum

Queen dedicates memorial to Second World War victims

Second World War veterans from Wales joined colleagues from around the world to see the Queen dedicate a memorial to the more than 50,000 airmen who died during Second World War.

The Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park honours the memory of the RAF crews who lost their lives.

Today more than 5,000 surviving airmen joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family for the occasion.

One of those was 91-year-old Thomas Telford from Ruthin, a bomb aimer and navigator who flew bombing missions over France and Germany. He joined in 1941 as a volunteer.

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