Two sides of coin, one inscribed with 'From Fred to Nellie France 1916'

A First World War love story on a coin

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In this video, Ben Alsop, Curator of the Citi Money Gallery, talks about a love note found inscribed on the back of a coin in the Museum.

The inscription was simple: 'From Fred to Nellie, France 1916'. There was no additional information to identify who this couple might be. This is the tale of how Ben used a blog post to hunt down Fred and Nellie and uncover a 100-year-old love story. 

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Curator's Corner: A World War 1 love story on a coin