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12-nation series to aid children's fund

Published Oct. 17, 2005

The British Royal Mint is offering a number of commemorative coins from at least 12 nations to honor the Save the Children Fund, which began in 1919. The fund is an independent voluntary group that seeks to bring about conditions where all children can grow up in a healthy environment.

The coins will be minted in either silver or gold, and the design on the reverse of each coin will picture children maturing in a healthy and happy way.

The obverse will depict either the head of state of the nation issuing the coin or a symbol of that nation's coins.

Nations releasing coins in both silver and gold are Botswana, Gambia, Indonesia, Nepal, Oman and Sierra Leone, while Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Mongolia, the Philippines and Zambia will issue coins only in silver.

Other countries may join the program later.

The commemoratives are limited to 3,000 22-karat gold coins and 20,000 sterling silver coins for each country.

The sets are available by subscription only, and those who seek to purchase the sets must do so by credit card only.

Royalties raised from the sales will go to the Save the Children Fund.

For more information, write tothe British Royal Mint, P.O. Box 2570, Woodside, N.Y. 11377-9864.