Poll

Which Dent design do you most dislike ?

The 1p
0 (0%)
The 2p
0 (0%)
The 5p
1 (16.7%)
The 10p
0 (0%)
The 20p
3 (50%)
The 50
0 (0%)
The round pound with royal shield of arms
2 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 6

Voting closed: August 24, 2017, 09:21:49 PM

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Offline augsburger

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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2017, 03:37:23 PM »
Well they are kind of all the same really, I don't see one design for each coin, but one design for all the coins... so..

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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2017, 03:49:42 PM »
I think you are unduly harsh on Dent. Under the influence of the empire adulation crowd, the design scene in the UK was less lively than Sesame Street Bert's pencil collection. Dent had the courage to rebel and experiment. As with experiments in all fields, some work, some don't. I agree his circulation set got boring when the novelty wore off - which was quickly. The WWF 50 was certainly a whole lot less boring than some other commemorative designs (that includes ALL Beatrix Potter stuff, I consider them saccharine advertisement art) and the silhouetting did work. For me, the bottom line is he tried, but might have been a tad more revolutionary when it came to the circulation coins...

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I like neither the WWF 50p nor the Potter coins. The top and bottom of it is that Dent is a graphic artist. Unlike former designers, he has never sculpted or even painted. He relies heavily on computer software packages. He doesn't even deserve to be called an artist. His designs are to art as "punk rock" is to music.The problem is, more and more designs, right across the world, are becoming two-dimensional. We might as well sack the designers and bring in a robot powered by artificial intelligence.

And now Dent has been recommended by a neo-Frenchman, so that's an extra cross on his back.  >:D  He should be exiled to France, as a punishment for all his evil works.
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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2017, 04:47:34 PM »
I don't really see what y'all have got against the Beatrix Potter coins as designs. I can understand (and to an extent share) reservations about whether they are a reasonable choice of subject for commemoration on the coinage at all, but having taken that decision, I don't see that the designs produced are anything other than reasonable effigies of the characters as portrayed in the illustrations in the books. Sure, they're twee and anthropomorphic etc. - but so were the originals, and that's kind of the point of the books. The full-face portrait of Tom Kitten is a bit hyper but that is an issue that seems to affect all full-face portraits, whether human or animal, real or fictitious.

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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2017, 04:56:18 PM »
It's the commercialisation of the Potter issues that irks me - there are so many of them, and now the Royal Mint has produced a poll asking which ones collectors would like to see next. Twee - well, that's as may be. Potter certainly understood the nature of the food chain (fortunately, we humans stand at the top) and knew that nature was red in tooth and claw. It's the Royal Mint that has chosen to characterise the twee side. The image below terrified me as a wee child.
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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2017, 06:40:34 PM »
It's the commercialisation of the Potter issues that irks me - there are so many of them, and now the Royal Mint has produced a poll asking which ones collectors would like to see next. Twee - well, that's as may be. Potter certainly understood the nature of the food chain (fortunately, we humans stand at the top) and knew that nature was red in tooth and claw. It's the Royal Mint that has chosen to characterise the twee side. The image below terrified me as a wee child.

Yes, I agree with all of that, but it has more to do with the decision to issue the coins at all and in what quantity of different designs, than with who they chose to do the designs and what she came up with.

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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2017, 07:26:09 PM »
Yes, I agree with all of that, but it has more to do with the decision to issue the coins at all and in what quantity of different designs, than with who they chose to do the designs and what she came up with.
Yes, I agree.  It's as though the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth is more important than any other event (apart from the London Olympics) that the Royal Mint has commemorated in the last 20-odd years.  Five coins was pushing it - not sure it was really important enough to deserve any more than one - but a second series this year and perhaps more to follow is getting ridiculous.

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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2017, 09:30:03 PM »
Sorry for hijacking the thread. Not my intention. As I said above, I consider them saccharine advertisement art. That's not about the weightiness of the issue. A commemorative has to commemorate. This series just copies a few sanitised pics (thank you for the Tom Kitten pie pic, <k>, it's a good illustration of this point). If the same pics would have been put on tableware it would have sold in National Trust shops and only very old ladies would have bought it.

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Re: Which is your LEAST favourite Dent design ?
« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2017, 11:26:02 PM »
the Royal Mint has produced a poll asking which ones collectors would like to see next.

I do not think that there will be further Potter coins. The later 4 potter coins were not a big success. In fact Beatrix Potter Shop has now started selling the BU ones and the Jeremy Fisher proof coin cheaper than at the mint to get rid of them: https://www.beatrix-potter-shop.co.uk/?s=COINS