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UK pound coin design sketches of 1979
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:46:22 PM »
In May 1979 Mrs Thatcher's government came to power in the UK. The Royal Mint contacted the Treasury at an early date to discuss the future of the UK coinage. On of the subjects discussed was the need for a pound coin. At the end of May 1979 the Deputy Master of the Royal Mint asked his engravers to produce some initial sketches as ideas for a pound coin design. The sketches appear in the National Archives, but unfortunately the quality of the scans is not great. However, it is possible to see the intentions of the artists, who were not identified.
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Re: UK pound coin design sketches of 1979
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 12:47:14 PM »
I will post the sketches without comment, and in no particular order.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 12:47:37 PM »
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Re: UK pound coin design sketches of 1979
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2017, 12:51:21 PM »
I believe this may just be a sketch of a coat of arms on which to base a design. It is not explained in the documents.
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Re: UK pound coin design sketches of 1979
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 12:53:08 PM »


UK 1 pound coin, 1983.



Above you see an image of the actual coin, issued in 1983.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 12:57:36 PM »
The Deputy Master of the Mint sent the sketches to Sir Anthony Wagner, so that he could check the details of the heraldry. Here is a description of his title and role:

The Garter Principal King of Arms (also Garter King of Arms or simply Garter) is the senior King of Arms, and the senior Officer of Arms of the College of Arms, the heraldic authority with jurisdiction over England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The position has existed since 1415.

Below you see the very rude letter he sent in reply. He was known to be a very difficult man. He has referred to the different sketches by their assigned letters, but I did not find them marked as such in the documents.
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