The Battle of Agincourt , which took place on October 25, 1415, is still regarded as one of history’s greatest military victories for King Henry V and a pivotal moment in the Hundred Years’ War between France and England.
And now you can own a little piece of that history as The Royal Mint, one time maker of coins for King Henry V, has released limited edition Alderney £5 coins in gold and silver to mark the battle’s 600th anniversary.
They don’t come cheap though – the gold coin is £1,650 and the silver coin is £80.
Royal Mint Engraver, Glyn Davies, who designed the coins, said: “The idea behind my approach to the design was to show the overwhelming odds against the diseased and weakened English army that defeated that of the French.
“Although the battle is famed for the use of the Longbow, much of the disaster that befell the French army was due to their belief in a chivalrous code of conduct.
“I tried to get a sense of the mayhem and confusion that the French forces fell into and the significant role the archers performed in the battle.
“The design shows a lightly armoured archer in the foreground with a hatchet or hammer, weapons thought to have caused damage and deaths to the French knights as did suffocation in the mud.
“The French are depicted in heavy armour and on horseback. Trees surround the field as they also played a significant role in the French defeat.”