Royal Mint urged to produce coin in tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Lewis McKenzie, PA Parliamentary Reporter

A coin in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore should be brought forward by the Royal Mint, according to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

It comes after Sir Tom, who raised more than £32 million for the NHS during the first Covid-19 lockdown, died on Tuesday.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson encouraged the UK to clap for Sir Tom at 6pm on Wednesday in tribute.

Raising the issue in Parliament on Thursday, Conservative former minister Caroline Nokes told the Commons: “Captain Sir Tom Moore taught us that tomorrow is a good day.

“Can I ask (Mr Rees-Mogg) as Lord President of the Privy Council to use his influence to bring about a commemorative coin for this remarkable national treasure and a debate in this House?”

Mr Rees-Mogg responded: “(Ms Nokes) has the most brilliantly obscure knowledge because the approval of all coins does indeed come before the Privy Council on the suggestion of the Royal Mint.

“I hope that as Lord President I do see a proposal from the Royal Mint in due course.”

He added: “Captain Sir Tom Moore dedicated his life to serving his country and others, and he showed the value of all life that he in his hundredth and hundredth and first year showed that somebody of great age can make as important a contribution as anybody else in the country did over that last year.

“It is a reminder to all of us of the value of life and why it’s been right to protect life as far as we possibly can during this incredibly difficult period.”

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