COINS DESIGNED FOR THE ROYAL MINT

To date Edwina Ellis has designed 14 coins that have been struck by the Royal Mint: using linocut, collage or an iPad

STEPHEN HAWKING FIFTY PENCE 2019

Proffessor Hawking wrote so eloquently that I could draw a black hole from his descriptions.  Although the final design was drawn about eight times actual size on an iPad, it resembles the original quick sketches made by drawing round a fifty pence coin: a perfect template. At the transition from drawing to relief stage, the Royal Mint engravers made subtle adjustments to the heights of various striations to produce an uncanny 3D effect – with an especially satisfactory event horizon.

CHRISTMAS COIN 2017

LONDON TRANSPORT TWO POUNDS 2013

A London Underground two Pound coin for 2013 designed by Edwina Ellis on an iPad.

TWO POUND iPAD DESIGN
The design for the Underground commemorative two pound coin 2015 was drawn on an iPad. The final versions were configured while camped in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. A collector’s coin and rarely found in your change – please tweet @edwinaprints if you find one!

FIRST WORLD WAR TECHNOLOGY COMMEMORATIVE SET 2014 – 2018

The coins were issued yearly from 2014 in sets consisting of different aspects  of the Great War. 
The final designs are iPad drawings using the Sketchbook app. 
When addressing early twentieth century war technology in the internet age, it is difficult to comprehend that there was no communication with the ground in aeroplanes, the navy resorted to flag hoist and radios trailed long flexes that some poor sapper had to crawl under barbed wire to lay. In early IWM photographs of the first few months of 1914, the fields of Flanders were still hedged, wooded – and full of turnips.

Submarines, Howitzers and Dreadnoughts were developed before the outbreak. Howitzers trundled into the early battlefields on huge wooden cartwheels, while Dreadnoughts had beautifully caulked wooden decking. Although like barbed wire, articulated treads were invented mid-nineteenth century, the development of tanks was an outcome of the conflict – as was every sort of gas-mask.

ARMISTICE 2018

Wild poppies are pioneers, germinating in disturbed soil and the tragic metaphor of their burgeoning in the battlefields was not lost on fighting troops. Small trench gardens were tended, especially by German soldiers thus it is a symbol for all those fallen that does not dissemble. I wanted a real, wild poppy on the design to symbolise the exact poppies any of those fighting men saw, tended, or watched grow over their mates’ makeshift graves. The barbed wire makes a necessarily hideous contrast. It was such an effective defence that only tanks crushed it. Could those staggering miles of front line have existed without this mid 19th century invention to contain cattle?

POUNDS 2004 – 2007

THE BRIDGE ONE POUND  COINS
The coins represent the four regions of the United Kingdom and were minted between 2004 and 2006. All designing was executed in linocut, which enabled many collaged versions and trials of the bridges and their borders. The Firth of Forth linocut for Scotland is on show at the Museum on the Mound, Edinburgh. The British Museum Money display of counterfeited pound coins features many of the bridge pounds – in Room 68.

THE LINOCUT PRINTS
The linocut designs were realised in relief at The Royal Mint. In Britain until 2017 it was easy to see how closely the designs were followed by consulting your change. A small edition of the pound coin linocuts were printed on Edwina’s Albion press: available in sets or single prints.