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Sir Winston Churchill’s false teeth ‘snapped up’ for £18,000 at auction | UK News

Gold-mounted false teeth that Sir Winston Churchill wore as he made his “we shall fight them on the beaches” speech and other famous addresses, have been “snapped up” at auction for £18,000.

The set of six upper teeth were fashioned to preserve Britain’s wartime prime minister’s famous natural lisp.

Dentures were so important to him, he carried two sets with him at all times.

Pic: The Costwold Auction Company
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Pic: The Cotswold Auction Company

The Cotswold Auction Company, who handled the sale, said the teeth were “snapped up” for £18,000, more than double the £8,000 guide price.

Churchill, who guided Britain through the Second World War after replacing Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in 1940, suffered from dental problems most of his life and lost several teeth during his 20s.

It is believed up to four sets of teeth were made for him, with at least one buried with him, the Guardian said.

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill speaks at Woodstock, England, on Aug. 4, 1947. Churchill offers to lend his aid to the British government for a new loan on condition that Britons "labor long and hard." (AP Photo)
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Winston Churchill speaking in 1947. Pic: AP

The auctioned set was made for him when he was 65 at the beginning of the conflict.

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Director Liz Poole said the teeth were “among the most unusual items” they had ever sold.

“We were absolutely delighted with the international interest in the sale of Churchill’s false teeth and other memorabilia, which included phone bids from collectors in the United States and UK,” she said.

The Winston Churchill £2 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024
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The Winston Churchill £2 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

“The story generated global media coverage and featured in the news as far away as Canada, the US and Poland.

“The buyer has snapped up a unique piece of our country’s history.”

The Royal Mint's director of commemorative coins, Rebecca Morgan, holding the Winston Churchill £2 and the Buckingham Palace £5 coins for 2024
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The Winston Churchill £2 and the Buckingham Palace £5 coins. Pic: PA

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Other lots included a microphone reputedly used by Churchill on VE Day to announce the end of World War Two, which sold for £11,500, plus buyer’s premium.

From this year, Churchill’s image has been on commemorative £2 coins to remember the 150th anniversary of his birth, one of five new designs to appear on UK coins in 2024.

Sir Winston Churchill, Buckingham Palace, British athletes commemorated on new 2024 coins | UK News

Sir Winston Churchill, Buckingham Palace and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are all commemorated in new coins unveiled by the Royal Mint for 2024.

They are among five new designs celebrating key events and anniversaries, which also include tributes to the National Gallery, Team GB and ParalympicsGB as they head for the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.

Buckingham Palace features on a new £5 coin, while the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston and the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery feature on £2 coins.

New 50p coins will mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

“As we approach the New Year, we are excited to reveal five new designs set to appear on commemorative coins in 2024, celebrating some of the most significant moments and anniversaries set to take place,” said Rebecca Morgan, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint.

“The Royal Mint has been regularly issuing annual sets since 1971 and they have become highly collectable as works of art. They are also gifted to people celebrating special occasions in the upcoming year, as they serve as a keepsake of that memorable time.”

The five designs for 2024

The Buckingham Palace £5 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

Designed by artist Henry Gray, the Buckingham Palace £5 coin features the architecture of the royal residence in London front and centre of the image.

The Winston Churchill £2 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

The £2 coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill depicts a portrait of the former prime minister as a young man in 1895, in the uniform of the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. “Pave the way for peace and freedom,” is the edge inscription, taken from a remark he made in late 1953 while serving his second term leading the country. The design appearing on the coin was created by Natasha Seaward, a graphic designer at the Royal Mint.

The National Gallery £2, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

The National Gallery coin was created by designer, engraver and printmaker Edwina Ellis, featuring the famous art museum’s image at the centre.

The Team GB & ParalympicsGB 50p, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

Designed by art director Charis Tsevis, the first of two new 50ps depicts two athletes representing both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in parity. The Royal Mint said it produced the coin to celebrate and wish Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes the best of luck at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The RNLI 50p, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been saving lives at sea since 1824. As the charity approaches its milestone 200th anniversary, the new UK 50p marks the moment. The design was created by coin designer John Bergdahl, and displays the RNLI flag surrounded by a life ring highlighting the 200 years of service.