ROYAL MINT PORTRAIT OF BRITAIN COLLECTION SHOWCASES LONDON

The Royal Mint has, hot on the heels of it’s First World War Collection, followed up with another set of silver coins this time called Portraits of Britain. Despite the name, the four coin subjects are resolutely grounded in the British capital, London, and offer a more impressionistic view of the four landmark locations than is usual for this mint.

Designed by Royal Mint engravers Laura Clancy and Glyn Davies, each iconic attraction is viewed as though through the eyes of a visitor, seen through passing crowds or rain showers, giving the coins the feel of an impressionist painting, enhanced by the trichromatic colour-printing.

LAURA CLANCY, ENGRAVER

“Our coins are not a literal representation but express the transient effects of light and colour on a location. Throughout the process, we have been aiming for an impression of the subject, a moment in time - the modelling to convey the place, the colour and treatment of the metal to convey time and mood.”

ELIZABETH TOWER/BIG BEN

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

TOWER BRIDGE

TRAFALGAR SQUARE

OBVERSE

GLYN DAVIES, ENGRAVER

“We visited the landmarks in London, and it struck us that it’s never possible to get an uninterrupted view of them without being obscured in some way by the weather, other tourists or even their location. On returning we drew up compositions and added a wash of watercolour.”

The four coins feature some of the most iconic locations in Britain;

ELIZABETH TOWER: The name of the tower holding the worlds most famous clock and attached to the stunning Houses of Parliament building.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: The residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the woman whose portrait adorns the obverse of literally billions of coins.

TOWER BRIDGE: Simply beautiful bascule/suspension bridge celebrating its 120th anniversary this year.

TRAFALGAR SQUARE: Commemorative open space celebrating one of the worlds greatest naval commanders, Lord Nelson.

Offered in a four coin set and not individually, the coins are presented in a good-looking case complemented by a booklet telling the story behind each subject. Each coin is struck in one standard ounce of sterling silver and is limited to just 3,500 sets. Price is an not inconsiderable £450.00.

2014 PORTRAITS OF BRITAIN COIN BOX AND OUTER SHIPPER

 

SPECIFICATION

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
£5 GBP 0.925 Ag 28.28g 38.61mm PROOF 3,500

 

THE ROYAL MINT
By |2016-11-05T06:33:21+00:00June 9th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Coloured, Silver, Royal Mint, United Kingdom|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Ian June 11, 2014 at 23:53 - Reply

    This is a good development – today the Royal mint dropped the price to £360.

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate June 23, 2014 at 21:50 - Reply

      They’re saying the original price was a mistake apparently.

  2. Ian June 11, 2014 at 23:57 - Reply

    I notice the max mintage of the coins is to be 5,000.
    And 3,500 of the 4-coin box set.
    Does this mean there will eventually be 1,500 individually available?

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate June 12, 2014 at 01:20 - Reply

      The price drop might be related to the rise in mintage. The original press release was very clear that there were to be 3,500 sets and a maximum coin mintage of 3,500. I’ll try to get clarification. As you say though, the price drop is unexpected and very welcome.

      • Ian June 23, 2014 at 15:06 - Reply

        any clarification yet from the mint?

        • Mik Woodgate
          Mik Woodgate June 23, 2014 at 21:49 - Reply

          Yes and no. They’ve confirmed the sets at 3,500 and the individual coins at 5,000, but not any plans to release the difference singly. There are several ways the other 1,500 could hit the market, but they’re obviously keeping it to themselves at the moment.

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