Many of us take it for granted that every day objects require thoughtful design. Take money for example: the Royal portraits on a coin or bank note, celebrated historical figures, famous buildings… each one carefully researched, meticulously planned both in terms of composition and depth in relation to the ‘table’ of the coin.
Commissioned by The Commonwealth Mint we have designed dozens of coins, some legal tender in Commonwealth countries and others collectable items. Many have been struck in solid gold, palladium and other precious metals, a slight contrast to designing for print! Above are a few examples of how some early pencil sketches progressed to being struck into precious metal. They include the Queen’s Jubilee coin and a special solid gold ‘Una and the Lion’ coin, the first of which was presented to Virginia McKenna at a special event in Savoy Hotel, London (a very memorable night indeed).
‘Nice work if you can get it’- to coin a phrase.