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2001 Two Pounds Coin Designs
2001 Two Pounds Coin
The Winner - Design 1
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Stop Press - Winner Announced - See Below
In 2001, the Royal Mint is expected to produce a two pound coin commemorating the Centenary of sending of the first transatlantic telegraph by Marconi.
The Fourth Portrait
The obverse (head side) will be the fourth major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank Broadley, FRBS, FSNAD, whose initials IRB appear under the head.
A representation of radio waves emanating from a source, and spreading out around the world. A spark of electricity links the zeros of the date.
WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC
...and The Winning Design is...
Design Number 1
It was announced on October 24th, 2000, that design number one, is the design which has been selected to be produced. It reminds us of a dart-board!
ROYAL MINT UNVEILS RESULTS OF FIRST EVER PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON NEW COIN DESIGN -
£2 Marconi coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first wireless transmission across the Atlantic - Following the Royal Mint's first ever public consultation on the design of a coin, the final choice for the £2 Marconi coin was unveiled today (Tuesday 24 October 2000).
In the very appropriate surroundings of BBC Broadcasting House in London, guest of honour at the unveiling was Guglielmo Marconi's daughter Princess Elettra who was joined by the Deputy Master (Chief Executive) of the Royal Mint Roger Holmes and the winning designer Robert Evans. Members of the Royal Mint Coin Club and visitors to the Mint's website along with readers of the Radio Times were invited earlier this year to make their views known on three short-listed designs. Altogether more than 13,500 people gave their opinion. The outcome was passed to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee - an independent body which chooses new designs for coins and medals. The Committee took the views of the public into consideration before making its final recommendation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The chosen design (pictured) was the one which received the highest share of the votes - about 35% - although all three on the short list proved popular. Next year (2001) sees the centenary of Marconi's first wireless transmission across the Atlantic. The signal was transmitted from Poldhu in Cornwall to St John's, Newfoundland in December 1901. To commemorate this hugely significant achievement, the Royal Mint will be producing a special version of the £2 coin with the approved design. Taking radio waves as its theme, the design highlights Marconi's tremendous impact on 20th century communication. Radio waves can be seen both in the centre and in the outer border, while a spark of electricity linking the zeros of the date represents the generation of the signal that was transmitted across the Atlantic. To accompany this special design the normal edge lettering on the £2 coin ("Standing on the Shoulders of Giants") will be replaced by the inscription "Wireless bridges the Atlantic . Marconi 1901.". The winning design was created and sculpted by leading Welsh artist Robert Evans. Cardiff-born Robert, a senior member of the Engraving Department of the Royal Mint, has been responsible for numerous medals and small sculptures, including awards for BAFTA and the Rugby World Cup. His medals have been presented to the Queen, to the National Museum of Wales and to the University of Wales. A clearly delighted Robert Evans said: "Every artist dreams of having their work seen by a wider public; just imagine how many millions will see and handle this British coin, and my name's on it - brilliant". Deputy Master of the Royal Mint, Mr Roger Holmes, added: "We have been delighted at the excellent response to this unprecedented public consultation. It was particularly pleasing to have the involvement and support of the Radio Times which we considered to be particularly apt for the Marconi coin because of its title, origins and subject matter. I would like to thank everyone who made their views known for their help in this important task."
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