The new designs for British coinage are tres funky.
The Shield of the Royal Arms has been given a contemporary treatment and its whole has been cleverly split among all six denominations from the 1p to the 50p, with the £1 coin displaying the heraldic element in its entirety. This is the first time that a single design has been used across a range of United Kingdom coins.
Over 4000 entries were sent in to the UK competition to redesign the coins. 26 year old graphic designer, Matthew Dent, won £35,000 for his inspired design. A real hot deal would have been to arrange royalties, imagine the payout for every year the coins are in circulation! Result.