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John W. Mills – Coin Designer Extraordinaire…

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

1995twopoundwwiiburev400I was contacted recently by friend who is currently doing her PhD on The Decorated Schools or Pictures for Schools Program, a post war initiative to get art and sculpture directly into and onto new school buildings…

As part of her research, she is hoping to interview an artist and sculptor by the name of John W. Mills, a man responsible both for selecting and creating many of the artworks that went into the initiative. The name rang a distant bell when I read it, but it wasn’t until I visited Mr. Mill’s site and specifically the pages on coins that he has designed, that I realised why…

As well as creating some very fine sculptural work over his long and distinguished career, John Mills has designed five UK Commemorative coins over the last twenty years or so, all of which have always been in my list of favourites…

The original style £2 coin with the dove pictured above is from 1995 and commemorated the 50th anniversary of VE Day. The Euro 96 £2 Football (a design that has always impressed as it is one of the very few UK coins in which the image goes right to the edge with no separating line around the rim) and the two stunning 50p designs, the D. Day Landings 50th anniversary design with the planes and boats heading off towards uncertainty from 1994 and the 25th anniversary of the EU from 1998 with its jubillant stars…




The big surprise for me however, was finding the section of John’s site where his unaccepted coin designs live.. There are some wonderful suggestions here and had I been in charge, they would almost certainly have been chosen…







  1. November 15, 2013 at 14:34

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