Monday, 10 August 2009

The Royal Mint

When this new design was first released i was not aware that it was like a small puzzle.
I was browsing the D&AD website and discovered that this new design had infact won a Black Pencil Award and when put together in the right order, to coins actually make the royal coat of arms representing England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with the pound coin as the model to create the puzzle.

Obviously, there had to be some sort of mistake along the pipeline when creating these new coins. It turned out that a large batch of the 20 pence pieces were made without the year they were produced. If you were able to find one of these then they would have been bought for £50 by a certain company.
So if you find one, you know what to do with it!


  1. there are people selling the 20p's on ebay for up to £200!

  2. I'm not a huge fan of the design. For start, the Royal Coat of Arms doesn't represent Wales since it was part of the same Kingdom as Wales after Henry VIII brought both countries together. The design also seems a bit disjointed. The 20p and 1p look great but then the 10p and 2p are just a bit too simliar and I don't think the corner within the circle really works very well. Then the shape of the 50p actually conforms to the design unlike any of the others... why?

    It's a clever design and compared to other coins, like the Euro, they are good looking. But I feel it falls down on not representing the entire Kingdom and being a little too monarchistic.