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New £50 coin has Preston designer behind updated drawing of The Queen

Posted on - 6th December, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, UCLan
Jody with the new £50 commemorative coin

Jody with the new £50 commemorative coin

A Preston-trained designer has royal pedigree after designing a new coin.

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Jody Clark put his stamp on the Royal Mint’s first ever £50 value coin.

He says it was an ‘incredible experience’ to draw the Queen, but he didn’t get a personal sitting.

The University of Central Lancashire graduate used the latest technology to work from unlimited images of Her Majesty.

Jody, 34, said: ““Having my portrait of The Queen selected for Britain’s coinage was an incredible experience, but now, seeing the portrait combined with my Britannia design on the UK’s new £50 coin is a double honour.

“The Queen hasn’t aged that much since Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS created the last effigy, so I made some key changes that would make the new portrait stand out in its own right. The regalia I chose was key, I included the crown that Her Majesty wore at her coronation, I thought that was quite fitting.

“My training at The Royal Mint definitely prepared me for this challenge, I was able to draw upon my experience of creating designs for the purpose of minting. It’s an overwhelming feeling to know that something I created will be reproduced millions of times on the United Kingdom’s coins, and to think that The Queen herself has approved my design.”

That's £100 right there!

That’s £100 right there!

The new design from Jody has also brought the figure of Britannia back to a coin once more.

The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin, Anne Jessopp, said: “It seems apt that these two familiar British figures, both designed by Jody Clark, feature together on the UK’s first face value £50 coin in the year that The Queen became Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch, and Britannia returned to the circulating coinage.”

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