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Royal Mint rolls out Giant's Causeway coins in special new collection

By David Young

Published 19/08/2016

A new coin featuring the Giant's Causeway has been unveiled by the Royal Mint as part of a special collection
A new coin featuring the Giant's Causeway has been unveiled by the Royal Mint as part of a special collection
Giant's Causeway

Two Royal Mint engravers have teamed up to capture a striking watercolour-style portrait of the Giant's Causeway.

As one of the UK's best-loved natural landmarks, the Co Antrim beauty spot was chosen for on a commemorative collection of sterling silver £5 coins.

Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy started by painting the scenes in watercolour, before going through the painstaking process of engraving every last detail with the tools needed to strike the collectable coins.

A specialist colour printing process rarely used by The Royal Mint was then used to recreate the subtle colouring of the designers' original artwork.

"The process gives the designs an almost impressionist feel, reflecting the shifting light and colour of the landscapes," said Royal Mint chief engraver Gordon Summers.

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