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Quote from: <k> on May 30, 2017, 12:41:12 AMJust what is wrong with the pound symbol on coins? Few enough pound coins carry it
Quote from: Aberdeen Evening Express, 13 April 1983The coin's face has the current profile of the Queen, with a Royal coat of arms design on the reverse by Mr Eric Sewell (62), Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, formerly chief engraver at the Royal Mint.Birmingham-born Mr Sewell joined the Mint in 1953 as an apprentice engraver.His £1 coin design was chosen from 40 submitted in an open competition."Although it's something I've been working on and living with for many months, it will still be exciting to see the coin in circulation at last."As a coin, I think it's very distinctive, particularly because of it's thickness."I tried to give a cameo effect with my design – using the rim like the frame of a picture."Perhaps there are little things I would change if I had to do it all again."But I settled on a design which I knew from experience would not present too many expensive problems on the production side at the Mint."After all, we are in the business of making money ..."Mr Sewell worked for four months to produce his final large-scale design in plaster.He hopes the coin will eventually be regarded with some affection – perhaps even given a nickname one day like the little 6d (2 1/2p) "tanner".Mr Sewell is now helping with the design of the regional variations of the coin for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland before he finally retires from the Mint in May.