The UK's new coins

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The Royal Mint had a contest to redesign the reverse of the UK coins. The winning designs are gobsmackingly clever. They are fresh and energetic, while still being completely connected to tradition. Well done, Matthew Dent. I love how six of the coins puzzle together to form the full image, with the one pound coin being the key. I can hardly wait to get a full set of these in change.

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Read all about the coins and the young designer on the Royal Mint's site: http://www.royalmint.com/newdesigns/designsRevealed.aspx

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The new British coin designs are certainly not completely linked to tradition. The current designs celebrate -- and remind users of -- the history of the British union's constituent parts and of the union itself. (For example, the 5p design is for Scotland and the 2p design for Wales.) The new designs do nothing of the sort. Also, the new designs don't include numerals. Don't you think, for example, that "10" should be prominently shown on a 10p coin? The new designs are simply awful, and people all over the UK hate them.

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