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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2015, 11:07:46 AM »
Royal Mint unveils fifth Queen coin portrait - and she's all smiles

A new portrait of the Queen that will appear on coins has been unveiled - but it may be some time before the updated money starts showing up in people's wallets.

The effigy is only the fifth definitive coin portrait to have been created during the Queen's reign and it has been designed by Jody Clark.

Chief engraver at the Royal Mint Gordon Summers described the task as "probably one of the most difficult things for any artist or sculptor to do".

Mr Clark is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in more than 100 years.

Aged 33 when his design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions to a design competition, he is the youngest of the five designers to have created the portraits of the Queen that have appeared on UK circulating coins during her 63-year reign.

He said: "I really liked the four previous coin portraits - each one is strong in its own way.

"I hope that I've done Her Majesty justice and captured her as I intended, in a fitting representation. The news that my design had been chosen was quite overwhelming, and I still can't quite believe that my royal portrait will be featured on millions of coins, playing a small part in the Royal Mint's 1,000-year history."

The portrait shows a side profile of the Queen wearing a crown and drop earrings.

Mr Clark, who is originally from the Lake District and who celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday, said his family are "really proud", adding: "They've had to keep quiet about this.

"It's going to be hard to top this. It's going to take a while to sink in."

He said his top priority was to create an "accurate" representation of the Queen.

He added: "I'm really happy with how it's turned out. I can only hope everyone appreciates it."

Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said the judging panel's decision was "pretty unanimous" and added that this latest portrait is "astonishingly significant". He said it had "a good likeness and a dignified likeness".

Mr Clancy said there was not a "strict brief" sent to potential designers.

Mr Clark's portrayal of the Queen, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation, was selected in a closed competition organised by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC), a consultative panel to HM Treasury comprising experts from such fields as history, sculpture, architecture, art and design.

A number of specialist designers from across Britain were invited to submit their own interpretations of the Queen's portrait under anonymous cover, and each one was judged on its merits and suitability before the winning artwork was recommended to the Chancellor and, ultimately, the Queen for approval.

Adam Lawrence, chief executive of the Royal Mint, said: "This change of royal portrait will make 2015 a vintage year for UK coins, and it will be hugely exciting for us all to see the new design appear on the coins we use every day.

"Jody's achievement is something that we can celebrate as a proud moment for the Royal Mint.

"Capturing a portrait on the surface of a coin demands the utmost skill, and is one of the most challenging disciplines of the coin designer's art.

"The last Royal Mint engraver to be commissioned to undertake a royal portrait was George William de Saulles, who engraved the portrait of Edward VII which first appeared on the coinage in 1902."

Coins featuring the new effigy go into production today and the public are being urged to keep an eye on their coins later this year when it will start to appear.

New coins tend to be delivered to cash centres and banks in the first instance.

The unveiling took place at the National Portrait Gallery in central London.

The Royal Mint announced the date of the unveiling of the new portrait in January, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Nottingham-born sculptor Mary Gillick, who was the first artist to capture the Queen's portrait for the nation's coins.

Issued in 1953, the Gillick portrait depicted the Queen wearing a wreath of laurel, rather than the crown that we are used to seeing today. The portrait, which is still struck on Maundy Money, was considered to reflect the country's optimism as it greeted a new monarch in the post-Second World War era.

The most recent portrait of the Queen on coins has been appearing since 1998. It was created by Surrey-born artist Ian Rank-Broadley, whose aim was that the portrait should be recognisable and not "over-idealised''.

While artists' interpretations of the Queen's image have changed over time, one tradition which has remained constant is that the Queen has continued to be depicted facing right. This is in accordance with a tradition that can be traced back to the 17th century, whereby successive monarchs face in alternate directions on coins.

According to the Royal Mint Museum, some people believe that this tradition could originate from the desire of Charles II to turn his back on Oliver Cromwell, although the museum suggests that this may be too convenient an explanation and it might be better to concede that if any reason has existed for this, it has long since been forgotten.

The museum said that even during the long reign of Queen Victoria there were no more than five portraits of her on coins, one of which enjoyed such royal favour that it was used for some 50 years.

There were estimated to be around 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation at March 31 last year, with a total face value of more than £4 billion. They were all manufactured by the Royal Mint, which has a history of more than 1,000 years of producing British coinage.

The Royal Mint said that existing coins which are in current use will remain in general circulation until they are naturally recycled due to wear and tear, usually when they are around 20 to 25 years old, and their use will not be affected by the new portrait.

Mr Clark, originally from Bowness-on-Windermere, studied illustration at the University of Central Lancashire before gaining experience in computer-aided design in the packaging industry, among other freelance illustration and design projects.

Since embarking on his career at the Royal Mint, he has worked on projects such as the medals struck to celebrate the 2014 Ryder Cup and a Nato summit.

Source: BT.com
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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2015, 11:07:56 AM »
Got a reply from Royal Mint. They told me what we already knew. ;)

"Jody's most recent work is this 2014 Britannia design: http://www.royalmint.com/shop/The_Britannia_2014_Six_Coin_Silver_Proof_Set"

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So they don't want to give me anything else for my topic.  :(  They're just jealous that I did one first.  ;)
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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2015, 11:09:49 AM »
And pre-orders of new coins have already started. Look at the price tag! absolute rip-off! >:(

http://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/ranges/the-fifth-definitive-coinage-portrait-final-edition

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2015, 12:25:20 PM »
Well it was always likely to be traditional, difficult to make her look older etc, but she seems to have more of a smile on the new one, the obvious difference is the crown and the hair.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2015, 03:01:05 PM »
The new coins have already been struck! :)

The portrait doesn't look as good on the real coin as in digital image IMO.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2015, 03:16:33 PM »
I can see it growing on people, as you get used to it. It's not bad, it's not shocking, it does what it says on the tin (if there were a tin of course)

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2015, 12:36:31 AM »
Let me review my thoughts now. Of the portraits still in circulation, the Machin effigy is the earliest. It is a superb if romantic portrait, and a classic. Then came the Maklouf portrait in 1985. To my eyes, this was very competent but lacking in character. It gave a suggestion of the Queen, but if looked at closely, it doesn't really look like her. The impression is carried mainly by the hair and the crown.

Next came the effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley, in 1998. As soon as I saw that portrait, I thought it was superb. It was regal, imposing, and yet highly realistic. I regard it as a classic. So Jody Clark has a tough task in competing with such a formidable predecessor. It will take time until the public becomes used to the new portrait. My initial impression is that, yes, it is most definitely the Queen, though not as realistic or accomplished as IRB's portrait. I do not like the smile. Her Majesty is the Queen, not a smiley face. That requires a stateliness, not a smiley face. However, the Queen has seen it and signed it off, so obviously she is happy enough with it. The steep angle of the back of the neck looks unnatural to me. Is that an effect of age? Furthermore, this portrait appears to me to have been somewhat influenced by aspects of IRB's portrait. The crown is different, but all in all the portrait does not look sufficiently different from the current one. Partly that is the Queen's fault. IRB's portrait was issued in 1998. From 1998 to 2015 is a long time, yet on the new portrait she has scarcely aged. And indeed in reality she truly does not look her chronological age. Possibly she has deliberately refused to age, all the better to make all the rest of us feel all the more self-conscious. After all, she is Queen by the grace of God (apparently). If she wants to put a call in to Him up there, to let it be known that she doesn't want to age, probably He just sends down some rejuvenating Royal Jelly for her to scoff, so He can have a bit of peace while she's about it. After all, He wouldn't want to suffer the sharp side of Prince Philip's tongue.

So, all in all, the new portrait is significantly better than Maklouf's, IMO, but it is certainly not up there with the IRB and Machin classics.
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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2015, 03:32:59 AM »
I like the Gillick portrait, still in use on the Maundy coins



I assume that it is not worth the expense of reworking obverse dies (unchanged since 1954) for such small mintages

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2015, 01:35:42 PM »
Since Maundy is a royal ceremony, the Royal Mint/Treasury/Government would probably spend the money if asked. I suspect that the old portrait is part of the tradition, and that people wish to retain it.
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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #39 on: March 03, 2015, 06:10:34 PM »
It will be interesting to see which countries and territories adopt this portrait, and how quickly. Currently, St Helena and Ascension still uses the Maklouf portrait, and Gibraltar uses an amended version of the Maklouf portrait. Belize still uses the crowned effigy by Cecil Thomas, which was introduced in 1953 for use in the "colonies", as they were known back then. At the time, the colonies, or British overseas territories, were not allowed to use the uncrowned portrait: only sovereign countries, such as the UK, Australia, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) etc., were allowed to use it.

Two interesting topics for those who wish to see the Queen's various effigies:

1] Portraits used on UK and Commonwealth decimal coins.

2] Portraits of QEII used on world coins.

 
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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #40 on: March 03, 2015, 06:20:23 PM »
Let me review my thoughts now. Of the portraits still in circulation, the Machin effigy is the earliest. It is a superb if romantic portrait, and a classic. Then came the Maklouf portrait in 1985. To my eyes, this was very competent but lacking in character. It gave a suggestion of the Queen, but if looked at closely, it doesn't really look like her. The impression is carried mainly by the hair and the crown.

Next came the effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley, in 1998. As soon as I saw that portrait, I thought it was superb. It was regal, imposing, and yet highly realistic. I regard it as a classic. So Jody Clark has a tough task in competing with such a formidable predecessor. It will take time until the public becomes used to the new portrait. My initial impression is that, yes, it is most definitely the Queen, though not as realistic or accomplished as IRB's portrait. I do not like the smile. Her Majesty is the Queen, not a smiley face. That requires a stateliness, not a smiley face. However, the Queen has seen it and signed it off, so obviously she is happy enough with it. The steep angle of the back of the neck looks unnatural to me. Is that an effect of age? Furthermore, this portrait appears to me to have been somewhat influenced by aspects of IRB's portrait. The crown is different, but all in all the portrait does not look sufficiently different from the current one. Partly that is the Queen's fault. IRB's portrait was issued in 1998. From 1998 to 2015 is a long time, yet on the new portrait she has scarcely aged. And indeed in reality she truly does not look her chronological age. Possibly she has deliberately refused to age, all the better to make all the rest of us feel all the more self-conscious. After all, she is Queen by the grace of God (apparently). If she wants to put a call in to Him up there, to let it be known that she doesn't want to age, probably He just sends down some rejuvenating Royal Jelly for her to scoff, so He can have a bit of peace while she's about it. After all, He wouldn't want to suffer the sharp side of Prince Philip's tongue.

So, all in all, the new portrait is significantly better than Maklouf's, IMO, but it is certainly not up there with the IRB and Machin classics.

I agree with this assessment, especially the comment that it seems very similar to the IRB portrait. And then the crown is the same as on Maklouf's, if I'm not mistaken. However, the degree to which the Queen has visibly aged is probably less between 1998 and 2015 than between either 1971 and 1985 or 1985 and 1998; you're also right that she doesn't look her age.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2015, 06:25:19 PM »
I agree with this assessment

FosseWay agrees with me?  :o  By gad, it must be an impostor.  :-X
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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2015, 10:18:00 PM »
 ::) Just a few weeks ago I said in a talk how I hope the queen will live long, so we don't have to buy numerous new sets from tiny countries around the world. And now this...it's really too much! Especially since it's not a big difference it makes it less interesting I would add, but the new old crown saves the thing.

BTW, contrary to <k>, I really liked Maklouf portrait. By far. It was simply elegant, unlike Rank-Broadley version which is simply too big, especially for a queen this kind of almost neckless effigy is not the most aesthetically pleasant. OK, the years came, of course, but still I remember my disappointment when they came out... Yet, compared to younger Elisabeth, despite I agree on the classic status, Maklouf seems to be...dainty... truly royal and more serious. Or maybe because of the crown, which is really nice.

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #43 on: March 07, 2015, 02:26:36 PM »
By the way, the British Isles and crown dependencies will also change the portrait of the Queen this year itself if I'm not wrong?

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Re: Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2015, 02:34:30 PM »
It's not a given that they will do so at all, or if they do, when. Australia changed to the IRB portrait a year later than the UK last time. Jersey never used the Maklouf portrait at all, continuing with Machin until 1997. There are numerous other examples of departures from the norm set in the UK.