Friday, 22 April 2016 15:20 Written by  Lucy Admin

Shakespeare Five Ounce Coins

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The Royal Mint commemorate Shakespeare this year with two coins designed by Tom Phillips. The five ounce proof coin in gold and in silver

Talking about the designs Phillips says “I thought to use the best known version of Shakespeare’s head since it is the only one we are certain was a likeness recognised and approved of by those who knew him. The only change I made was to put it in reverse because this was how the engraver originally drew it. I chose the quotation from Othello as the most appropriate mention of money in his work and a good command for likely purchasers of the coin.”
You can view other coins and medals designed by the artist here