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post Aug 18 2005, 01:36 PM
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So, Basicaly, the Royal Mint is having a competition to freshen up the reverses of 1p, 2p, 5p 20p and 50p coins. You could win a prize of up to 30,000.

OMG how cool would it be actualy win this competition and have every single British (and non Brit) with a piece of your art in thier pocket?

The competition ends in mid November. I recon we shaould all have a try biggrin.gif


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post Aug 18 2005, 02:18 PM
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I could draw two stickmen fighting!

Or a crudely drawn cock!

Heh, that prise money is soooo mine.


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post Aug 18 2005, 06:52 PM
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Shame, in a way. I like the current designs. ...however, I also like the idea of 30 grand. Easy come, easy go.


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post Aug 18 2005, 07:01 PM
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Do you have to be British to enter? Or would they let a Yank win the competition?


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post Aug 18 2005, 07:08 PM
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QUOTE (pgrmdave @ Aug 18 2005, 08:01 PM)
Do you have to be British to enter?  Or would they let a Yank win the competition?
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I looked for exactly that, actually - I've an American artist friend who might be interested - and didn't see anything that said so. I think it's a free-for-all.


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post Aug 18 2005, 07:28 PM
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I've found that there's only one rule on entering... No French.


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post Aug 20 2005, 02:24 AM
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I like the old styles- aren't they a symbol from each privince of Britain?
I've seen the new ones with, i think, the fourth bridge on them, and there's no latin on the side! Bah.

I think we'd be better off getting rid of the Queen on the front of the coins BUT I like the comemerative coins they have, and maybe a few new designs with new symbols from each province...

They could replace the Lions with a pint of lager!


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post Aug 20 2005, 12:21 PM
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QUOTE (Calantyr @ Aug 18 2005, 02:18 PM)
Or a crudely drawn cock!
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Damn...that's my entry down the toilet!


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post Aug 20 2005, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE (spuglet @ Aug 20 2005, 02:24 AM)
I like the old styles- aren't they a symbol from each privince of Britain?
I've seen the new ones with, i think, the fourth bridge on them, and there's no latin on the side! Bah.

I think we'd be better off getting rid of the Queen on the front of the coins BUT I like the comemerative coins they have, and maybe a few new designs with new symbols from each province...

They could replace the Lions with a pint of lager!
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I think you're thinking of pound coins. The competition is for everything below. But yeah, the pound coins have a variety, one from each province, as well as the royal crest, I believe. I assume the pound coins as well as the two pound coins are staying as they are.


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post Aug 20 2005, 02:09 PM
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Well they change the picture on the pound coin quite regulaly any how and the 50p's so not quite sure why there doing that one.


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post Aug 20 2005, 02:16 PM
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Well, no, they don't. There's still a standard design, with the woman and the lion on, it's just that they do lots of commemorative ones as well. I'd assume it's the design with the woman and lion that's changing, and all the other ones, like the equal rights, the VE day, and the hands and suchlike would just stay.


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post Aug 20 2005, 02:17 PM
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So... would the MataZone URL around the edges be too blatant?
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post Aug 20 2005, 02:24 PM
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post Aug 20 2005, 03:57 PM
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post Aug 20 2005, 07:51 PM
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I think it would be nice to write a small fourliner rhyme on the back.


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post Aug 27 2005, 06:41 PM
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QUOTE (Greeneyes @ Aug 20 2005, 03:16 PM)
Well, no, they don't. There's still a standard design, with the woman and the lion on, it's just that they do lots of commemorative ones as well. I'd assume it's the design with the woman and lion that's changing, and all the other ones, like the equal rights, the VE day, and the hands and suchlike would just stay.
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That made me laugh so much biggrin.gif I have never heard anyone describe the queen in such blatent terms biggrin.gif
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I think we'd be better off getting rid of the Queen on the front of the coins BUT I like the comemerative coins they have, and maybe a few new designs with new symbols from each province...

I think they should still have her on there. I am a little of a traditionalist with these things (i.e keeping our currency, keeping the queen and letting her own all the swans etc) but I think the other side should change (as it does already) but with things like political movements/ scientific discovery and a date. ie a picture of a foxhunt with a cross through it, or of the double helical structure of DNA, or of womans liberation, or of simple molecules. Not only they would be commemorative of the date each thing was discovered/ changed, they would also be educational...


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post Aug 27 2005, 08:13 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Aug 18 2005, 07:08 PM)
I looked for exactly that, actually - I've an American artist friend who might be interested - and didn't see anything that said so. I think it's a free-for-all.


Isn't it a little ironic that in 20 years time our proud British heratige may have been designed by a foreinger?

QUOTE (Daria @ Aug 27 2005, 06:41 PM)
That made me laugh so much biggrin.gif I have never heard anyone describe the queen in such blatent terms biggrin.gif


Uhhh... the flipside of a 50p piece has Libertia or something on it... it actually has a woman with a lion, who is in no way the queen.


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post Aug 27 2005, 09:37 PM
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Brittania, I believe. And yes, I meant on the reverse of the coin still.


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post Aug 30 2005, 08:30 AM
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QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ Aug 27 2005, 09:13 PM)
Isn't it a little ironic that in 20 years time our proud British heratige may have been designed by a foreinger?
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We'd be in good company - one of the most potent and recognisable symbols of American heritage, the Statue of Liberty, was made by the French.

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I like the old styles- aren't they a symbol from each privince of Britain?
I've seen the new ones with, i think, the fourth bridge on them, and there's no latin on the side! Bah.

I think we'd be better off getting rid of the Queen on the front of the coins BUT I like the comemerative coins they have, and maybe a few new designs with new symbols from each province...

They could replace the Lions with a pint of lager!
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I think you're thinking of pound coins. The competition is for everything below. But yeah, the pound coins have a variety, one from each province, as well as the royal crest, I believe. I assume the pound coins as well as the two pound coins are staying as they are.
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Britain has provinces now? Gosh.


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post Aug 30 2005, 11:24 AM
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QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ Aug 27 2005, 08:13 PM)
Uhhh... the flipside of a 50p piece has Libertia or something on it... it actually has a woman with a lion, who is in no way the queen.[/color]
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You do realise that 'woman with a lion' is Britannia don't you? She was a Celtic goddess who became the symbol of our nation... I'm really quite shocked people don't know this!

"BRITANNIA : Romano-Celtic British, Tutelary Goddess. The genia loci of Britain who first appears on the coinage of Antoninius Pius in the 2nd century AD. She became the symbol of the British Empire after being partly syncretized with the war goddess Minerva."


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Have to admit its tempting to have a go at this...would it be possible to fit mittens in somewhere do you think?

I think I shall have a look into it, something else on my list of things to do, perhaps I'll even get it submitted somewhere near the deadline if Im organised and just a little lucky. Although I am rather fond of the Brittania image I suppose things should change every once in a while.
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or of the double helical structure of DNA, or of womans liberation,
I may have missed your point but I'm fairly sure these have already been done on the two pound coin and fifty pence.

Still Im sure we can fit a crafty plug for matazone in there somewhere just leave it to me with a touch of Caths impressive influence its a sure thing wink.gif


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Looks like someone's trying to work up a bit of opposition against the single currency...

We should have optical illusions or holograms or something. British money should Transcend Time And Space!

A friend who's in the navy's going to re-submit Brittania, bless his patriotic cotton socks...


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QUOTE (Mata @ Aug 30 2005, 11:24 AM)
QUOTE ({Gothic Angel} @ Aug 27 2005, 08:13 PM)
Uhhh... the flipside of a 50p piece has Libertia or something on it... it actually has a woman with a lion, who is in no way the queen.[/color]
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You do realise that 'woman with a lion' is Britannia don't you? She was a Celtic goddess who became the symbol of our nation... I'm really quite shocked people don't know this!

"BRITANNIA : Romano-Celtic British, Tutelary Goddess. The genia loci of Britain who first appears on the coinage of Antoninius Pius in the 2nd century AD. She became the symbol of the British Empire after being partly syncretized with the war goddess Minerva."
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Yeah, I've already been chastised for that dry.gif Take any twenty 17-year-olds out of my school and I think you'll find not one of them knows as much about british history and heritage as me, so I'm not feeling too bad about it tongue.gif

Edit - Ok, I really should have known that. I'm informed that "even foreign friends" know about Brittania, so I have no excuse. I was just too lazy to look it up, it's not like I had no idea at all!


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post Dec 30 2005, 06:53 AM
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Just wondering if anyone turnt in any designs?


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