The New Face of The Queen's Currency
!http://www.boboroshi.com/assets/2008/4/11/royal_currency.jpg (The new coinage from the Royal Mint)!
The Royal Mint held a competition to replace the design of the British coins in circulation since the 1970s. The final designs are simply, beautiful. They are based upon the shield of the Royal Arms, as if each coin was a vignette onto a part of the shield, with the one pound pice having the entire Shield on it’s side. Hoefler and Frere-Jones have a nice comparison between this new coinage and the Department of the Treasury’s new Five dollar bill, complete with a purple “5” in Helvetica.
Maybe the US Federal Government should hold a design competition. (via Ministry of Type)