Edward Bawden's Unadopted 50p Design (1962)

Started by <k>, January 20, 2011, 05:52:37 PM

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Edward Bawden.

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His 50 pence design.



I have scanned this article from the Royal Mint Spring 2011 Bulletin. 

The article heading states "Museum Treasures.

Kevin Clancy, Head of Historical Services, gives us another look into the Royal Mint museum collection".
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.


Oops, please disregard my PM then. ;) Should have read the board first ...

Well, fortunately this look was not the final one. The design looks fine, with the (Tudor?) rose and the large digits he picked for the face value. But I am glad the actual pieces were not round. Also, in my opinion, if you have two words of such different length (DECIMAL and PENCE), it may be better to not separate them the way he did.



Yes, I too prefer the "equilateral curved heptagon".  ;) And eventually we went with the shorter "NEW PENCE", rather than "DECIMAL PENCE".

The Tudor Rose (different design) ended up on the 20p, released 1982.
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I would gladly have done without the Lancaster rose and gone for the compass rose. It's a perfectly good symbol for seafaring. Glad they went for English legends.

Also, I like the garden bench. :)

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