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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2010, 01:34:56 PM »
Seems that this is what you get if being fast is more important than being good. 8)

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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2010, 04:07:30 PM »
I thought Kate was rather attractive....can't tell it from the coin.

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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2010, 08:01:43 PM »
Kate And Wills Coin 'Looks Nothing Like Them'


An official coin celebrating the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been heavily criticised for looking nothing like the couple.

The engraving on the 5 coin, which has been revealed by The Royal Mint, is based on a photograph taken of the couple at a polo match a few years ago.

The design was approved by Prince William and the Queen but it has not impressed some critics.

Ingrid Seward, editor in chief at Majesty Magazine, told Sky News she did not like the coin.

She said: "This coin is of historical importance, to get it so wrong seems ridiculous."

Sky News' antique and collectables expert, Jamie Brees, agrees.

He said: "Regrettably if you were to compare the coin with the couple there is no similarity.

"It just seems odd that the likeness is really not that great."

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter says commemorative coins always divide opinion.

He said: "The trouble with all of these coins is that there will always be critics and always people who like them.

"It is very difficult to get an accurate image on commemorative coins like this one.

"These things are always subjective but I personally think it is a good effort."

Dave Knight, director of commemorative coins at The Royal Mint, said:"The Royal Mint has been recording historical events for over 1,100 years and we're fortunate to be in a role that allows us to add to that legacy.

"The 5 Alderney coin we have designed is a wonderful way to celebrate and remember the start of Prince William and Catherine Middleton's life together."

"The inspiration for the design came from photographs of the couple at a sporting event - the play on the traditional portrait is that Prince William is seen in profile, alluding to his royal status, he said."

The coin is available in solid gold for 1,550 pounds, as sterling silver plated in gold for 85 pounds and in silver for 55.50, but stocks have yet to be delivered for sale.

It is the first royal engagement coin ever produced by the Royal Mint.

Clarence House declined to comment.

Source : Rupert Murdoch Inc. Sky News.
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2010, 09:10:42 PM »
You could claim a historical precedent in that Mediaeval coins, in England at least, bore a representation of "a king" rather than "the king", so the wedding coin/medal/thing can be considered as marking "someone's" wedding, and it's up to us and future generations to find out whose from other contexts ...

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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2010, 12:16:04 AM »
Martin has commented on previous occasions how difficult it is to get portraits right on coins, especially if the engraver is used to making stamps, rather than coins. I agree with his sentiment and don't understand the tendency to put boring, old-fashioned "natural" portraits on coins, when there are new techniques (e.g. layers, dots) and modern portrait art around. What's the point of trying to out-perfect the portraits of the middle ages? How about some art instead?

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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2010, 01:42:40 AM »
Coins that depict themes artfully?  What an unusual idea  ;)
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........How about some art instead?

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Re: Alderney strikes again
« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2010, 01:00:11 PM »
Looked that 2003 coin up - oh well. Here are the two Alderney issues side by side - the 2003 5 coin that celebrates his 21st birthday hairdo, and the engagement piece.


(Or click here http://picasaweb.google.com/109626803780097565749/Munzen#5554215964585550706 if the image link does not work.)

Do I find any of the two designs attractive? Umm, next question please.

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« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2011, 11:07:25 AM »
Their wedding will of course be another opportunity to issue lots of coins and pseudo-coins; so maybe the future issues will look better. Basically I like the artist's idea of "arranging" the two portraits a little differently. But ... who are the two depicted on that piece? Ah, fortunately we have the inscription!

Now if we compare the coin design (see attachment; image Royal Mint) and the photo of the designer, and look at the hair (especially the forehead) and the Adam's Apple ... hmm. ;D

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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2011, 12:04:03 PM »
The Royal Mint is proud to present ... the Royal Wedding Kilo. In order to get that kilogram, you have to give forty thousand pounds though. :)

http://www.royalmint.com/RoyalWedding/RoyalWeddingKilo.aspx

This is a 1 kg gold thing, issued by (or rather on behalf of) Alderney, with a face value of 1,000. Mintage max. 40 (yes, forty). If you buy the piece, you will also get a certificate of authenticity signed by Gordon Summers, the designer of the "coin". Well, at least the portraits are somewhat better. Kate I still find hard to recognize though.

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