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1995 £2 Coin - The United Nations
The Royal Mint produced two different, but complementary two pound coins in 1995.
The Third Portrait
The obverse (head side) is the third major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ralph David Maklouf, FRSA.
It came into use in 1985 and continued until 1997 inclusive, a total of thirteen years.
Reverse Design - WWII
On the reverse of the Second World War £2 coin John Mills has beautifully depicted mankind's desire for a peaceful world, featuring in his own words "a symbol of aspiring peace, the calm, bountiful and optimistic image of a Dove". Peace is emphasised, too in the edge inscription
1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995
part of the well-known "moral" that prefaces Churchill's history of the Second World War:
In war: resolution In defeat: defiance In Victory: magnanimity In Peace: goodwillThe Second World War has preoccupied the designer for some years. A commemorative sculpture of his, situated to the south of St. Paul's, acknowledges the debt owed to the fire-fighters who died during the Blitz. It was because of this sculpture that, in competition with other artists, he was specially invited to submit designs for last year's D-Day anniversary 50p coin and this year's Second World War £2.
Reverse Design - United Nations
The special reverse design of the United Nations commemorative £2 coin shows flags of nations accompanying the 50th anniversary symbol. It has been created by the sculptor Michael Rizzello, who saw military service during and after the Second World War and therefore has personal experience of a world at war.
After demobilisation, Michael Rizzello studied at the Royal College of Art, winning the RCA Major Travelling Scholarship, and also in France and Italy, having been awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture.
Now a distinguished Past President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, his association with the Royal Mint stretches back over more than thirty years, during which time he has designed coins and medals for a remarkable number of countries.
Of his design for the historic United Nations 50th Anniversary coin, he says:
"The flags clustered around the 50th Anniversary emblem are purely symbolic and I deliberately avoided any reference to numbers, individual member states or their perceived importance, simply, nations uniting around and into the United Nations".
Born in England of Italian parents, Michael Rizzello is truly an international sculptor. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Honours List.
1995 Silver Proof Two Coin Set
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