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Design and designing => Coin design => Unrealised designs => Topic started by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:45:39 PM

Title: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:45:39 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=92323;image)

Arnold Machin.[/size]



In 1966 the Royal Mint hired Arnold Machin to design the reverse of a collector crown for Gibraltar, showing its coat of arms. Gibraltar issued a crown bearing this design from 1967 to 1970. Machin was famous for his effigy of the Queen, which appeared on the obverse of the Gibraltar crown and on millions of other coins throughout the world.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=72314;image)

The Gibraltar crown as issued.

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:47:03 PM
Gibraltar's coat of arms shows a castle and a key (symbolically, the key to the Mediterrean). There are various versions of the coat of arms, with different styles of castle.
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:47:21 PM
The first preliminary designs show a different style of castle from the one on the finished coin.
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:49:10 PM
The style of castle was eventually changed. Originally the design was going to have an inner circle.
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:49:53 PM
The Royal Mint Advisory Committee decided that the design would look better without the circle.
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:51:24 PM
These are images of the glossy photos of the designs, held in the National Archives, London. I found it impossible to avoid glare while photographing these photos.
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 08:51:40 PM
Here is the finished design once more.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=72314;image)

 
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: <k> on January 18, 2012, 09:29:51 PM
For information about the decimal coins issued by Gibraltar, click on the link below:

Milestones in the decimal coinage of Gibraltar (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12037.0.html)
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: Figleaf on January 18, 2012, 10:37:06 PM
Not sure what the thinking was behind changing the style of the castle, but I see them positively. Rather than a closed, menacing military fortress, a dark reminder of the past, the end result was a heraldic symbol with doors and windows open to the world.

The world was not shocked by the final result, but it could have been. The symbolic castle is a much-used element on all kinds of medieval coins along the West coast of the European continent. Remember the row about Indian coins that seemed to imitate a Christian crusader coin? This one could have caused a similar uproar, because the castle or city gate or city wall with three towers was used for decades on the ceitils of PORTUGAL, common coins, well known to coin collectors in the area. Picture from this thread (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,10633.0.html)

Peter

(http://www.brianrxm.com/posts/post_portugal_ceitil_alfonsov.jpg)
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: WillieBoyd2 on January 19, 2012, 12:36:49 AM
The Spirit of Ceitil Past!

Portugal Ceitil Alphonso V 1438-1481 (Alfonso V)
Very thin copper coin 20mm, 1.70gm

:)
Title: Re: Gibraltar crown 1967-70: Preliminary artwork
Post by: translateltd on January 19, 2012, 09:59:34 AM
The castle in reply #2 looks a lot more like the design used on the copper "quarts" in the 1840s, which were presumably the model: