Jody explains: “In approaching my design I started by researching what had gone before. Britannia has appeared in so many different compositions and with such a variety of symbols, I wanted my design to recall her history and tradition but with the elements surrounding Britannia, rather than weighing her down.
“Although some of the elements are motionless – the globe as a backdrop, the shield and trident placed at her side – I feel there is a dynamism to the design. There is a sense of movement as Britannia’s hair and robes flow, as does the mane of the lion, an iconic symbol of strength and pride that I was keen to include, and I hope that the two appear united as I intended them. Although the lion is at Britannia’s feet, its tail is curled around her, protective and tamed.”
Whatever the design meaning or logic, in our view the end result is phenomenal. There’s an elegance to the artwork that fits the shape to perfection and especially on the five-ounce coin where the detail on show, such as the outline of the leg below the dress, the lions mane and the helmet, are perfect. Jody Clark is to be commended for his work here.