The following is a press release dated March 2, 2015, from
Britain's Royal Mint:
The Royal Mint has today unveiled a new coinage portrait of Her
Majesty The Queen, giving the general public the first glimpse of the
image that will soon be a familiar sight on United Kingdom coins.
This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on
our circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952,
making it a very rare event indeed. When it appears in our change
later this year, it will become the fourth portrait currently in
circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998; together,
the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and
paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.
It has also been revealed today that the new portrait is designed by
Jody Clark. He is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create
a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years.
Just 33 when his design was selected from a number of anonymous
submissions to a design competition, Jody is the youngest of the five
designers to have created the portraits of The Queen that have
appeared on UK circulating coin during her 63 year reign.
Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, said: “This change
of royal portrait will make 2015 a vintage year for UK coins, and it
will be hugely exciting for us all to see the new design appear on the
coins we use every day.
“Jody’s achievement is something that we can celebrate as a proud
moment for The Royal Mint. Capturing a portrait on the surface of a
coin demands the utmost skill, and is one of the most challenging
disciplines of the coin designer’s art. The last Royal Mint Engraver
to be commissioned to undertake a royal portrait was George William de
Saulles, who engraved the portrait of Edward VII which first appeared
on the coinage in 1902”
Commenting on the honour of being selected, Jody Clark said: “I
really liked the four previous coin portraits - each one is strong in
its own way. I hope that I’ve done Her Majesty justice and captured
her as I intended, in a fitting representation. The news that my
design had been chosen was quite overwhelming, and I still can’t quite
believe that my royal portrait will be featured on millions of coins,
playing a small part in The Royal Mint’s 1,000 year history.”
Jody’s elegant portrayal of The Queen, wearing the Royal Diamond
Diadem crown worn for her Coronation, was selected in a closed
competition organised by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC), a
consultative panel to Her Majesty’s Treasury comprising experts from
such fields as history, sculpture, architecture, art and design. A
number of specialist designers from across Britain were invited to
submit their own interpretations of the Queen’s portrait under
anonymous cover, and each one was judged on its merits and suitability
before the winning artwork was recommended to the Chancellor and,
ultimately, The Queen for approval.
Coins featuring the new effigy go into production as of today, and
the public are being urged to keep a watchful eye on their coins later
this year when it will start to appear in pockets, purses and piggy
banks across the land.
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