Michael Alexander published an article January 15, 2015 on CoinUpdate about the new Winston Churchill coin from the Royal
The Royal Mint has unveiled (15th January) the theme of its third United Kingdom “£20 for £20” coin which pays tribute to the great British
statesman Sir Winston Churchill. Twice Britain’s Prime Minister, and renowned the world over for his unyielding leadership and formidable character,
Churchill is regularly voted as the ‘Greatest Briton’ in public polls.
The Royal Mint invited the Great-Grandson of Sir Winston Churchill to the “first-strike” ceremony. Randolph Churchill 49, the elder son of Sir
Winston’s Grandson, also Winston (1940 – 2010) who was named after his famous grandfather, travelled to the Royal Mint’s headquarters in Llantrisant,
Wales to attend the ceremony and witnessed the first of the silver £20 denominations rolling of the presses.
After the first coins were minted, Mr. Churchill posed along with the coin’s original plaster cast, used in the process of preparing dies for the
The reverse design of the Winston Churchill £20 face value silver coin is by figurative sculptor Etienne Millner, who took his inspiration from
the celebrated photograph of Churchill captured by Yousuf Karsh in 1941. The coin bears the current portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its
obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley, which is to be retired this year.
I like the image of the plaster. We'll be seeing a lot less of these as computerized manufacturing grows. -Editor
Philip Mernick adds:
I quite like the Churchill design although £20 for half an ounce of silver is no bargain. I hope the Queen looks a bit more cheerful in the
promised new design, I have never been that keen on the grumpy IRB portrait.
To read the complete article, see:
Third £20 Face Value Silver Coin Pays
Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill (http://news.coinupdate.com/third-face-value-silver-coin-pays-tribute-to-sir-winston-churchill-4664/)
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