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Guided by a spirit of bravery and commitment, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been rescuing lives at sea since 1824. Conceived by Sir William Hillary, inspired by numerous shipwrecks along the Manx coast, it was initially named the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, later becoming the RNLI in 1854. As a charitable organization sustained by donations and the valor of volunteers, the RNLI operates around the clock, in all weather conditions, having saved over 144,000 lives since its founding.
In 1785, Lionel Lukin designed the first purpose-built lifeboat, a concept that laid the foundation for the RNLI's innovative lifesaving methods over the past two centuries. The introduction of motor lifeboats in 1905 marked a transformative milestone, adapting to evolving boat engineering. From a unique, fast motor lifeboat in 1930 to the incorporation of inflatable lifeboats in 1963 for reaching challenging areas near shore, cliffs, and caves, the RNLI has continuously evolved. In 2001, the RNLI expanded its efforts to include lifeguard patrols on over 240 beaches in the UK and Channel Islands. Lifeguards play a crucial role in in-water rescues, providing first aid, and promoting water safety to prevent incidents.
Depicts King Charles III’s effigy, surrounded by the Latin inscription. Engraver's initials on the neck.
CHARLES III•D•G•REX•F•D•50 PENCE•2024 •
Depicts the Kisbee life ring, which was adopted for use by the RNLI as early as 1855 and remained in use for the next 100 years until it was replaced by the much lighter polyethylene version that is still used today. The central section comprises the RNLI badge to be found on the side of all their boats, as well as lapel badges, caps and other merchandise associated with the institution.