Commemorative coins. Everyone will obviously have their own personal favourites when it comes down to it, but there are several designs which most of us would agree are the very best. Of course, some of these feature truly complex and mind-boggling pictures, yet others relish in using something comparatively plain and simple. Both of these formats can work really well and there are superb examples to be discovered in either camp.
Here are some of the most universally loved designs from our modern British coinage -
Triathon Fifty Pence
All of the Olympic fifty pences were created by members of the public. And Triathlon is one of the best designs of all. It is another nice, simple composition. The silhouetted figures get the job done marvellously. They tell us all we need to know with very little effort.
Offside Explained Fifty Pence
Probably the only British coin to feature what could essentially be seen as Abstract art. Working on the principle of using an illustration to explain the much misunderstood offside ruling, this is a coin that genuinely stands out from the (football) crowd.
King James Bible
Another thoroughly handsome coin! And as far as two pounds go, it is probably one of the finest we’ve had. Writing can look really nice in a design if it is done well and this has been done very well. The text may only be short, but the style of it is lovely and it manages to capture the whole meaning of this commemorative perfectly.
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This has to be the most intricately designed coin we have had so far. Stephen Hawking was a close contender, but Newton still pips it at the post when it comes to painstaking detail. Utterly beautiful. It just shines like some kind of magical gem.
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