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UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« on: April 21, 2013, 12:03:01 PM »
The eventual coin and this series of preliminary sketches were designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, known as the design team BarberOsgerby.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 12:04:12 PM »
A single Tube train is shown here.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 12:04:37 PM »
Now the angle of view changes.
 
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2013, 12:05:09 PM »
We are close to the finished design now.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013, 12:05:31 PM »
And here is the finished design. The designers chose to depict the 1967 Victoria line train due to its aesthetic simplicity and easily recognisable outline.

According to the design team:

The coin depicts the familiar image of a Tube train emerging from a tunnel; the outer ring of the coin is used graphically to suggest the tunnel walls. The coinís edge bears an inscription representing an Underground line with a number of stations.

The rails traverse the coinís outer ring, contradicting conventions of a concentric frame. A ground line references the exergue on classical coins and here the view changes from two-dimensional to perspective, creating a sense of movement. The coin features the iconic London Underground New Johnston font.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013, 12:06:26 PM »
The patterned edge was inspired by the dotted lines on the Tube map.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2013, 12:56:24 PM »
These in circulation since January, distributed via the ticket machines at tube stations.

always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2013, 11:00:58 PM »
So where did you find those sketches?

I think the final design is strong, but I would also have liked the design shown in BarberOsgerby2.jpg. I like visual tricks.

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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2013, 11:25:59 PM »
I thought the design less than it could have been but the actual coin looks good.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2013, 11:58:01 PM »
So where did you find those sketches?

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On a design blog that linked to the design team's own site.

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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2013, 12:12:25 AM »
Best use of the bimetallic design that I have seen as the silver-like inner part lends itself to the effect of a darkened tunnel against the outer brighter entrance.

I must look out for one.
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 12:25:55 AM »
I also like the final design (that ultimately was minted) best, because of that frontal view. The three trains would have been OK had they represented different periods - one from the early years, a "middle aged" train and a recent one. But don't do three almost identical ones.

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UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2013, 05:00:41 PM »
Best use of the bimetallic design that I have seen as the silver-like inner part lends itself to the effect of a darkened tunnel against the outer brighter entrance.

I must look out for one.

I have both the 'Underground' coins and they indeed look very cool! 8)

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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2013, 02:40:47 AM »
I know stamps are not our thing but this was on my mail this morning and just begging to be included here.

It does lend a bit of colour!
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Re: UK 2 pound coin: 150th anniversary of the London Underground
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2013, 12:49:46 PM »
Elephant Bakerloo line ???

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