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UK commemorative coins for 2022

Started by eurocoin, September 30, 2021, 10:43:29 AM

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The designs of the first Harry Potter commemorative 50 pence coin in the series.


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Deeman


<k>

Is this the first time that a UK coin has had a polygonal inner rim?

How many UK coins - collector or otherwise - have had a latent image?
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eurocoin

Quote from: <k> on September 10, 2022, 01:56:01 PMIs this the first time that a UK coin has had a polygonal inner rim?
How many UK coins - collector or otherwise - have had a latent image?

No, it is not the first time that a polygonal inner rim was used on a UK coin. Last year, a 5 pounds coin was issued to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi. That coin too contained a polygonal inner rim. I believe that was the first UK coin to contain an inner polygonal rim.

I believe that this is the fifth time that the UK will issue coins containing a latent image. First the standard circulating Technology 2 pound coin dated 1997 (latent only in name), then the 2016-dated new 1 pound coin, then the 2021-dated Britannia bullion coins (both separate versions). And now the Harry Potter 50p and collectors coins. It is this years also 25 years since the UK for the first time used a latent image on its coins. The latent image -a Spanish invention- exists 30 years next year.

eurocoin

Quote from: Deeman on September 08, 2022, 08:12:53 PMeurocoin, any thoughts on the five-coin set for the 25th anniversary of the £2 Coin and the accompanying issue of the Technological Achievement design?

Unfortunately, really no idea. But it is going to be a very crammed issuance shedule if all of these pieces still had to be issued. So, I would not be surprised if the issuance of these products will be cancelled.

Quote from: Deeman on September 10, 2022, 12:21:23 PMIs that Harry's sister?

The illustrations are taken from the book, and not based on the movie/Daniel Radcliffe. But yes, the character does look feminin and there have been plenty of comments about this, although most collectors do not appear to be negative about it. They seem to agree that the coloured version looks very bad though.

Figleaf

I think the issue is the consequence of what I call "lazy coin designing". It goes beyond scan a picture and call it a coin design, but by far not enough. To begin with, coin design ought to be three-dimensional, while scanned pictures are two-dimensional.

Another big problem of "lazy coin designing" is that coins are small, so the scan loses much detail when its size is diminished to fit the size of the coin. This is what happened to Mr. Potter. The human brain connects a smooth skin to females. The skin looks smooth because detail disappeared in the production (I wouldn't call a computer process designing) process. The hair length may or may not be right, but in combination with the non-detailed skin, the human brain may well interpret it as longer and you have instant sex change.

Coins call for thought, time to think and artistry. Designing calls for knowledge and experience, especially with sculpting if the result is to be natural, rather than abstract(ed). Computers should just be tools, not the be all and end all.

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

Deeman

The Harry Potter design illustration was done in 2015 by Jim Kay. A reimagined Harry for a new generation of readers - full of she-hes or he-shes I imagine! Whatever, it is terrible.

Deeman

BBC Centenary 50p. Obverse features Elizabeth II as they were struck before the Queen died and not re-struck with Charles' effigy in order to minimise waste or unnecessary environmental impact.


<k>

Are there any more commemorative issues expected this year? If so, will they all carry the Queen's effigy, I wonder.
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Deeman

Quote from: <k> on October 10, 2022, 01:27:33 PMAre there any more commemorative issues expected this year? If so, will they all carry the Queen's effigy, I wonder.

I believe these are the remaining issues scheduled for 2022:
4-coin Harry Potter series.
The Snowman and the Snowdog Xmas issue
5-coin set for the 25th anniversary of the £2 Coin
Special 2022 issue of the £2 Technological Achievement.

I would suspect that the majority would carry Elizabeth's effigy. A possible exception may be The Snowman and the Snowdog.

<k>

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chrisild

The BBC coin design I find attractive and strange at the same time. OK, the "Earth" map shows just part of the continents, but that is not a problem in my opinion. The way how the BBC covers the entire world is well shown. And now I also know that the top of the antenna is not the top of the reverse. ;D

Here is a brief interview with the designer of that side. What I find a little peculiar is the word "our". Is it common in the UK to refer to the BBC that way? I would have expected "... of the BBC" instead.

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Quote from: chrisild on October 10, 2022, 03:37:59 PMWhat I find a little peculiar is the word "our". Is it common in the UK to refer to the BBC that way? I would have expected "... of the BBC" instead.

The BBC has been regarded with affection by many. Some call it "the Beeb". It has been with us for many years. When I was a child, it was one of only two available TV channels. It also provides a lot of radio stations.

Anybody who buys a TV in the UK has to pay a licence fee, which goes to the BBC. Now that there is much more choice of channels, this is proving controversial with some. I rarely now watch the BBC at all but still have to pay my licence fee. I expect that this "our" may well become controversial because of that. There are some Tories who now want to scrap the licence fee and even the BBC itself. I would imagine that Prime Minister Truss prefers to watch the Disney channel.  :D
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chrisild

Thanks for the insight! Maybe that "our" was used as an attempt at bringing that affectionate spirit back.

Side note: Over here (DE) we have a media fee for that purpose. Basically, every household pays, so it is like a tax except that the money can be used for public AV media only. An "our" would be controversial here too. ;)

Offa

The bbc coin is lacking the following banner,

Lefty organisation that churns out misleading information.

There is a strong movement now in the uk to abolish this archaic institution and abolish the obscene tv tax.
All coins are equal but some are more equal than others