On those coins

The new Sterling coin designs: how much genius is on display there? I can’t begin to say how much I love this throw-out-the-rulebook take on currency tokens.

Three observations:

  1. They’ve set back the cause of entering the European single currency by at least a decade. These things are just too damned pretty to give up.

  2. They’ve given me hope that the 2012 Olympics might be Dashed Good rather than the UK-default A Bit Crap. After all, everyone visiting will be handing around these tokens of British modernity – how could they not be enjoying themselves?

  3. I think this is the official end of Steampunk. At least until some smart artist realises that the coins are to steampunk as The Next Generation was to The Original Series.


  1. Oh my. They are simply *gorgeous*.

  2. Every year my mother threatens to buy me* a set of new coins. This year I finally let her.
    *or someone else in the extended family, particularly new babies.

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