75% copper, 25% nickel
(referred to as cupro-nickel)
The value FIFTY PENCE.
The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry that a British and
Commonwealth serviceman can achieve. The original version of this design
for the 150th Anniversary of the VC was reportedly personally vetoed by
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown as it appeared to show a soldier
being shot in the back.