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Death pennies

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Popular name for a bronze memorial plaque produced in 1919-1920 to commemorate British and Empire soldiers killed in the First World War. They were sent to the deceased's next of kin, along with a scroll from King George V. Each plaque bore the name of the individual soldier commemorated and HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR around the edge. The design on the front, produced by sculptor/medal maker Edward Carter Preston, included Britannia holding a laurel crown above the name of the deceased, a lion in front, small dolphins to the left and a lion cub below, grasping a fallen eagle. The back is blank. Preston's design was one of about 800 submitted to a competition and he was paid £250 for winning. His initials can be seen incorporated in the design. More than 1 million of these plaques were produced.

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