The Face of the Realm: Twentieth-Century Coins of the United Kingdom
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The Face of the Realm: Twentieth-Century Coins of the United Kingdom

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The Face of the Realm: Twentieth-Century Coins of the United Kingdom, Their History and Design by John Wall

Every coin tells a story that includes its history and its design. Coin designs are superlative examples of numismatic art, and together with the letter that accompanies them they are redolent of British history. They represent 'The Face of the Realm'.

UK coinage accordingly stands high in public esteem as a popular and enduring British institution. Until now, however, there has been no publication that deals specifically with its history and design. The period chosen from 1897 to 2002 happily encompasses all the coins that are most familiar to present generations, and the revolutionary transition from Imperial to Decimal.

The complexity of the 135 distinct coins of this era is simplified by allocating them to four categories - Imperial and Decimal Circulating Coins, Value-Added, and Commemorative. A major undertaking is the illustration of every coin with photographic reproductions of exceptional clarity.

The rich tradition of independent coin design in this country is under threat as a referendum on the adoption of the Euro' looms on the near horizon. We believe that this volume will appeal to all who value numismatic art and are enthralled by the history of our coinage, and be a positive contribution to that debate.

Paperback

141 Pages

Published in 2002 by Spink and Sons


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