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Started by chrisild, January 12, 2012, 11:06:57 AM

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Quote from: augsburger on July 16, 2012, 06:35:49 AM
I really like this coin. Compared to other £5 coins it has some style!

Designed on a dinner plate with a cake icer. -  ::)

[I hate those TV cooking shows.]
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It's different, it's a design that doesn't just do the same old thing, that's why I like it.


Yes I have to agree, Just a little cramped on the reverse but no doubt intentional. The Queens portrait is very good ...just a few squiggles and its done.
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Those "silhouette" portraits can be good ... and sometimes they are not that good. QE's portrait on that £5 coin is fine, I think. Here is a similar but earlier one from the Netherlands. It shows, on one side, Juliana and Bernhard (golden wedding anniversary in 1987) and on the other side Queen Beatrix, all in silhouette style. That one I find quite attractive ...



... while the €5 piece that commemorates the 2004 enlargement of the European Union has a portrait which I do not find appealing.



Quote from: villa66 on July 16, 2012, 05:39:00 AM
Won't be enough to keep it from being "deaccessioned" for its melt value, however.

I still have one of those in my collection. But only because back then I wanted to be "complete" in terms of German €10 coins ... and now inertia strikes. 8)



Quote from: malj1 on January 15, 2012, 10:03:20 PM
I think this one is the worlds ugliest - or is it just plain childish?
I remember when they issued that coin, oh the "artist" was proud of herself. Now I see them on the back of cars.


Two portuguese coins absolutely horrible and ridiculous (at least in my opinion)
8€ "Henry the Navigator" and 5€ "European year of equal opportunities for all"
A total waste of silver  :-X


Portuguese artists are still experimenting enthusiastically. Some of their experiments fail. It think the Henry the Navigator coin was meant to trick the eye into seeing a globe. That would have been good symbolism, except that creating the third dimension takes some more guidance for the eye.

I can find no excuse for the design on the lower picture.

Fun thread. I nominate all Danish coins of queen Margrethe with the pointy head, my favourite bad portrait.

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The Henrique coin I find fairly poor too. Sure, the designer wanted to create something that would be different from previous Henry issues. And I do not really like coins where every square millimeter is filled with some design element. But making his portrait about as tiny as the euro/star logo, only to create lots of empty space ... nah.

The Equal Opportunities Year design is not that bad by itself, but I have never understood what the single elements represent. Sure, the three little people were the logo, and the 12 stars make sense, but I would need somebody who tells me what that shape around the CoA is. :)




A particularly poor portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, used on commemorative coins of the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1989.
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Quote from: augsburger on July 16, 2012, 06:35:49 AM
I really like this coin. Compared to other £5 coins it has some style!

Ugly beauty...



Some ugly portraits


The Beatrix portrait is part of a coin with a "sculpture" theme. So while I may not particularly like the design, it makes some sense to me. :)



And the Victoria and Daniel one, while admittedly not very good likenesses, is not as weird as the one issued for the wedding of Victoria's parents in 1976.