The Sunday Times is, at the last count, the UK’s largest selling ‘quality’ newspaper. I buy one every week and it ls usually mid-week before I have looked at everything I want to read. Besides the main news section, it has standalone News Review, Business, Sport, Money and Appointments sections – all broadsheet. There are three magazines (The Sunday Times Magazine, Culture, and Style) and three tabloid supplements (Travel, Home and Driving).
An item that caught my eye last week was this:
The gist of the report by the Arts Editor, Richard Brooks, was how it had taken nearly half a century but but this week the royal coat of arms will appear on the 50p coin because the Royal Mint is producing 450 gold commemoratives. That’ll be a great find for a future detectorist!.
We are also told that later in the year the Mint will also release more than a million 50p coins with the Royal Mint design … and that’s good news. Richard didn’t get it quite right. I can confirm that the coin has already been issued. The moral holds good – don’t believe everything you read in the papers!
In March of this year one of my friends was a recipient of The Royal Maundy Money at a ceremony in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. I had taken photographs and, in addition to the Maundy coins, there was also a 50p piece showing the royal coat of arms.
As Richard says, this design was drawn up by Christopher Ironside in the 1960′s as Britain prepared foe decimalisation but was rejected in favour of a more ‘patriotic’ portrayal of Britannia – also by Ironside and produced with the help of his wife posing in the kitchen … but that’s another story!
You can learn more about C. Ironside by clicking on the picture
The design in its original form used the designation NEW PENCE but this would be inappropriate for 2013 and the value has been amended to FIFTY PENCE.
Make an old man happy!
Paul the Polish Pedant - his site is like an irritant itch you can’t leave alone - recently exhorted his readers to subscribe to my blog by using the above phrase. Don’t know whether his unwelcome interference worked or not, but I suspect the latter.
Once upon a time a couple of years ago when I first started this blog, Mr Barford actually said something nice about me. I was so pleased and overcome with emotion that I fixed his kind words on the front page for all my followers to see.
Alas, my scribblings didn’t have an auspicious start. When I made investigations I was told that people were boycotting my blog because of Barford’s presence. It made sense. The ‘sticky’ was removed pronto!