20 Aug 2014
Supporting the centuries-old tradition of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year
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Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway with this new £2 coin featuring a London Underground train hurtling from a tunnel. Piedforts are treasured for their craftsmanship and rarity, as these superior double-thickness coins are only struck to mark very special events. Supplied in a smart display case, it was developed with the London Transport Museum and Transport for London and comes with a colour booklet of stories of the Underground.
So special is this anniversary that not one but two circulating coins have been issued, which you can also buy as a set of two Silver Proof Piedfort coins in a limited edition of just 850.
The ‘Train coin’ was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Known for their award-winning work for Flos, Swarovski and Cappelini and many others, their most high-profile design is undoubtedly the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Their coin shows the cab of a 1967 Victoria line Tube train and uses texture and perspectives to reflect the light and create a sense of movement. It carries an unusual edge inscription inspired by Harry Beck’s iconic Tube map.
Edwina Ellis, creator of the companion ‘Roundel’ coin, is a pioneering printmaker and former ‘Art on the Underground’ artist. Her design, featuring the famous logo which first appeared in 1938, carries the edge inscription MIND THE GAP.
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