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i enjoy looking at and keeping coins from other countries or unusual ones from our own. i even have a coin collection. true, most of them were collected by my dad and i’ve never been as avid a collector as he, but one of the best presents i got from a high school boyfriend was 3 steel pennies (i didn’t include them in the “here, take back the shit you gave me” package after he called me a pagan who was going to hell). i also enjoy the fact that my pre-euro coins from several countries are cheerfully appreciating inside my coin book.

 

but nothing has excited me like these. not just as a coin collector, but as an artist, this british coin design makes my toes warm. they’re lovely and asymmetrical apart and go together beautifully to create the shield of the royal arms. i hope in the future more countries take a similarly creative approach.

 

p.s. please don’t talk to me about the potential cruel abandonment of the penny in america. it makes me sad.

 

Date: 2008-04-05 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] accipiter.livejournal.com
Wow. That is some seriously incredible design work at both the individual and group level. Kudos to the concept team!

Date: 2008-04-05 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] temper-day.livejournal.com
i want a contest for american coin design! i think that's what brought out such a creative idea.

Date: 2008-04-05 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] accipiter.livejournal.com
I suspect it was government sponsored. And I know what you're thinking because I thought it to: "There's no way something government sponsored could result in something so well designed and creative!"

That's about the time I remembered that we're not talking about the US gov't, and then it suddenly became a possibility.

Date: 2008-04-05 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] storm_dancer
Those are amazing! I love that they make a big heraldic shield, kind of like when you put all the variant covers of a comic issue together to make a big picture.

Date: 2008-04-05 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] temper-day.livejournal.com
the guy who initially designed them talks about how he really wanted to make something that people would be inclined to interact with, and imagined kids at school and adults in bars playing with them to make the pattern, which i think is very cool. coins as toys!

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