Giant’s Causeway to feature on limited edition coin

New Royal Mint £5 coin featuring the Giant's Causeway
Published : 22 Aug 2016

Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is to feature on a limited edition £5 commemorative sterling silver coin issued by the Royal Mint.

Two Royal Mint Engravers Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy teamed up to capture watercolour-style portraits of some of Britain’s best loved natural landmarks on a commemorative collection of sterling silver £5 coins – including a striking rendition of Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway which is looked after by conservation charity, the National Trust.

The scenes depict the Giant’s Causeway, the Lake District, Snowdonia and the White Cliffs of Dover, and – said to be amongst the most visited natural attractions in the British Isles, enticing thousands of visitors each year. The coins form part of an on-going series highlighting the best known natural and architectural landmarks from across the British Isles.

Royal Mint coin designers Glyn and Laura started by painting the scenes in watercolour, before going through the painstaking process of engraving every last detail onto the tools needed to strike these collectable coins. A ‘trichromatic’ colour printing process rarely used by The Royal Mint was then used to re-create the subtle colouring of the designers’ original artwork.

Royal Mint Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers said: ‘Instead of a solid layer of colour we used the trichromatic process to create subtle tints. In effect, it’s the difference between painting with oils or with watercolours - it’s a softer effect that allows the metal beneath to show through.

‘The process gives the designs an almost ‘impressionist’ feel – reflecting the shifting light and colour of the landscapes.’