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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2015, 10:14:26 AM »
It is interesting to deal with symbols - these images represent Shakespeare's plays?
(c) a dagger through a crown - I guess it's "Macbeth"?
(е) a skull next to a rose - I guess it's "Romeo and Juliet"?
(d) a cap and bells with a jester's stick - I guess it's the collective image of a jester? The Fool in "King Lear", Yorick in "Hamlet", Feste in "Twelfth Night", Robin in "Midsummer Night's Dream" , etc.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2015, 11:18:29 AM »
King Richard II, Act III:
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison’d by their wives: some sleeping kill’d;
All murder’d: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court...

As You Like It, Act II
All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act II
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason!
How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable!
In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god!
The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!
And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

One king's play, one comedy, one tragedy.

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

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2015, 06:27:56 PM »
The Shakespeare 2 pound designs, all by John Bergdahl.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2015, 06:29:09 PM »
The First World War soldiers, and Cubism.  :-\  Design again by John Bergdahl.

So, the ubiquitous "stick men designs" have arrived in Britain at last.  ::) I just wonder why they didn't get Matthew Dent to do this design. After all, he's very good at two-dimensional stuff.  >:D
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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2015, 06:30:29 PM »
The Great fire of London, by Aaron West.  I believe that only 6 people died in that fire, though, amazingly enough.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2015, 06:32:18 PM »
Battle of Hasting. "Ouch, what's that in my eye? Let me take it out, so I can have a look. I mean the arrow, not my eye."

Another design by greedy John Bergdahl. Who will report this man to the Monopolies Commission?

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2015, 06:34:28 PM »
Apparently the pound coin design is by Gregory Cameron and the 90th birthday 5 pound coin by Christopher Hobbs. I don't have pictures of them yet.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2015, 06:46:52 PM »
Here you can get the tiniest of glimpses of the pound coin and the rather boring 5 pound coin.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2015, 08:21:05 PM »
The Sovereign was also released today, the obverse bears a portrait by James Butler that has also been used on the obverse of a commemorative 5 pounds coin earlier this year. I think it's odd that the Royal Mint keeps using the queen's effigy by Butler while he didn't win the designing competition for the fifth effigy.
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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2015, 11:37:00 PM »
I think it's odd that the Royal Mint keeps using the queen's effigy by Butler while he didn't win the designing competition for the fifth effigy.

Yes, it's disgraceful. That loser Mr Butler has no shame and should be deported. Give me one good reason why failures should be allowed to stay in the country.  >:(  I have NEVER come second at ANYTHING! (Especially fibbing).

Now then, what did Rudyard Kipling write?

"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same; "

So, what's the real story? The Queen was given the choice and chose Jody Clark's design. By pushing the Butler design, the Royal Mint is showing that it disagrees with the Queen. I agree: the Queen made the wrong decision. Mr Butler's effigy is far superior to Clark's. Also, the Royal Mint can use Butler's design to give some of its products an extra feature. More sales - commercialism - disgraceful! But really, why waste a good design? Be careful, or you may end up hearing from Mr Butler's lawyer.  >:D  :P

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2015, 11:58:32 PM »
They spelled "Shakespeare" wrong  >:D
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2015, 02:51:58 AM »
The Great fire of London, by Aaron West.

Very good design.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2015, 02:56:20 AM »
Is this a bimetallic token, for the set ?

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2015, 08:34:32 AM »
Is this a bimetallic token, for the set ?

It is indeed the medal of the Premium Proof Coin Set.

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Re: UK commemorative themes for 2016
« Reply #29 on: November 03, 2015, 08:40:27 AM »
Thanks.
Since when has this been getting issued?
Never seen a bimetallic token being issued by any country as a part of mint proof set.