From the vault: London in better times
These Art Deco bronze medallions and plaquettes are marvellous reminders of London’s graciousness.
Resting in The Perth Mint’s historic coin and medallion collection, they presented no obvious provenance. Appeals to the Victorian Museum and the Museum of London revealed little information. On the quest of uncovering the mystery, envoys (read emails) were sent to the four corners of the earth!
We are able to reveal that they were made for The British Empire Exhibition 1924 – 25, held at Wembley to showcase the finest in art, commerce and scientific achievements. They’re representative of around 200 pieces created at that time – either officially, by private businesses or as the result of competitions. Many were actually made at the Exhibition.
Architectural gems featured on this selection comprise the Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the National Gallery and St Martin’s in the Fields Church at Trafalgar Square, and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Information courtesy Trevor I Harris – The Medals and Medallions of The British Empire Exhibition
How are coins coloured?
Here at The Perth Mint we’ve been colouring coins since the mid-1980s, but how do we do it? Find out here.
Why do coins have serrations (or grooves) around their edges?
To understand why many coins have edge serrations we must go back to a time before coin making-machinery was available.Source: Why do coins have serrations around their edges?
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – a celebration in coins
We have struck many coins featuring Her Majesty’s coin effigies since 1953, including many millions of pennies, halfpennies, 1 cent and 2 cent coins.