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