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UK decimal scrapbook: forgotten competition designs

Started by Galapagos, August 29, 2009, 09:15:45 PM

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In the 1960s the Royal Mint held a competition for the designs of decimal coinage to come.

Here are some of the entries they received from the public.

They are from a collage illustrated in the Bank of England booklet, "All Change".


Some great ideas there, like the ten fingers for the 10 new pence and the Tower bridge halfpenny. The "industrial look" 5 pence is promising too.

Have you ever noticed that on the post war Dutch 2-1/2 gulden pieces there is no bar between the 1 and the 2 in the denomination? Exactly. The eye creates the bar where it isn't. That might have been a good solution for the Tower bridge design. I like it better than what was eventually used.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


I see your point about the half penny and the "bar" - never occurred to me till you mentioned it. The designs we did get were not great - but since the 2008 heraldry designs, which manage to be both reactionary and overdesigned, I now look on Ironside's designs more sympathetically.