Shown above is the artist’s rendering of the obverse side of the proposed Kansas WW1 Centennial Commemorative Coin. When  and if available this coin will be minted in nickel silver alloy with a touch of color, similar to the Australian coin depicted below left.

Later this year the US Mint will issue a series of silver WW1 commemorative coins. Click here for more information. There has been criticism of the ‘cartoon-like’ art work featured on the proposed designs.

UK Legal Tender 2£ coin

For most other countries involved in the First World War, the centennial started nearly three years ago, and they are well into their coin series. Some of the coins issued by the United Kingdom and Canada are legal tender and in general circulation, while others are collectibles or investment-grade, some .9999 fine gold coins, like the  Canadian $1000 dollar coin shown.

Canada .9999 Fine Gold





Even Germany has struck a coin, although different because it remembers the losses of both world wars.

Click on the country listed below to read more about their WW1 centennial coinage:

United Kingdom,



New Zealand and


James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and is affiliated with the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the Gallipoli Association.