A new collection of coins restating the portraits of historical monarchs from the last 500 years is released Royal coin has said.
The coins bearing the faces of kings and queens extend from the Tudors to the Windsors, will for the first time recreate iconic designs in high definition using the latest technologies and embossing techniques.
Henry VII is the first monarch to be honored and another 20 coins will be issued over the next five years.
Original coins have been digitized with a scanner to replicate the design before removing damage and wear, creating a high-resolution portrait.
Rebecca Morgan of the Royal Mint said: “Henry VII was a numismatic innovator who took the time to present the first realistic portrait of a British Monarch.
“It was important to Henry VII that his subjects could see him clearly and we were able to reproduce his likeness in high definition on a British coin for the first time.
“There are very few ‘fine’ coin examples from this period and they are sought after by collectors for their iconic design and rarity.
“Being able to faithfully and accurately remaster this design on a new coin will allow more people to own and appreciate its beauty.”
Coins of the early Tudor period were hand struck using hammers, although the revised modern version retained these features, meaning the size and shape could vary.
Gordon Summers, Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint, said: “When we began the revision of this series we wanted to retain the authenticity and beauty of the original – and reflect the finest quality that the original engraver could only dream of 500 years ago.
“Of course coins from 500 years ago have worn down over the generations, they have been struck by hand with hammers and have usually been ‘trimmed’.
“All of these factors add imperfections to the original coin and it was important to reflect and celebrate that in the new design.”
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