Commemorative War Horse Coin Commission


Medals UK Commissioned to produce Commemorative War Horse Coin to mark the Success of New London Theatre Show

We are so lucky at Medals UK to work with such a varied (and lovely) client base. We get to produce custom made medals and coins for charities, through to schools and businesses, and every so often we are commissioned to create something really different and unique.

Last weekend on Saturday 12 March 2016, the New London Theatre witnessed it’s last ever performance of War Horse and Medals UK was delighted to be part of the amazing production’s history. We were proud to have been commissioned to produce a custom made commemorative War Horse coin for all cast and crew to commemorate the conclusion of its record breaking eight year run at the venue.

Based on the celebrated novel by Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael MorpurgoWar Horse is a poignant story of courage, loyalty and friendship. Set against the backdrop of the outbreak of World War One, War Horse follows a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse Joey who is sold to the Calvary and shipped to France. Though not old enough to enlist Albert embarks on a treacherous mission to find Joey and bring him home. With incredible life-sized horse puppets that gallop and breathe life into the story, War Horse has established itself as New London Theatre’s most successful production to date.

To commemorate the closing performance of War Horse members of the award winning creative team reunited for a ‘Final Farewell’ before the last show to talk about how they brought the little-known children’s novel to the stage and made it an international phenomenon.



Final curtain call after company are presented with commemorative War Horse coin. Photo by Alex Rumford

WAR HORSE London 2015

James Backway in War Horse at the New London Theatre. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg

The commemorative War Horse coin was presented to the whole company, cast and crew, and features the silhouette of the famous equine hero. The bespoke commemorative coin was custom made in bronze, with a diameter of 38.61mm and is minted with a semi-proof finish. The attractive coin makes a fitting tribute for those responsible for elevating the now much-loved children’s story into one of the UK’s most successful theatre productions. By its final curtain call War Horse will have been performed over 3,000 times, been seen by 2.7 million people in London, and 7 million people worldwide and has won 25 major awards, including a Tony Award for the Best Play on Broadway.

We have been delighted to have played a small part in the history of a theatre classic and would like to wish everyone who has been involved with War Horse over the years all the luck for the future. Fans of War Horse shouldn’t be too disheartened about the show’s closure either as a tour of the UK is planned from September 2017, so it’s more a cheerio than a final farewell to Albert and Joey.