barber osgerby designs the £2 coin for 2013
british studio barber osgerby have designed the 2 pound coin for the royal mint, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the london underground.
the coin depicts a tube train coming in to view from a tunnel, featuring a patterned edging informed by engineering draftsman harry beck’s tube map design.
another side has been designed by british engraver edwina ellis and shows the roundel underground logo and the iconic advice ‘mind the gap’ around its perimeter.
the set of coins, to be released in 2013, are available in brilliant uncirculated – priced GBP20; silver proof – priced GBP100; silver piedfort priced – GBP200;
and gold proof – priced GBP2000. the pieces come in a display folder designed by in-house graphic designer of the royal mint david knapton
and also has a fold-out full colour poster ‘tales from the tube’ as well as facts about each line.
edward barber & jay osgerby:
‘we are honoured to be part of a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the london underground. as well as being the oldest underground railway in the world,
as an organisation it has been highly progressive in commissioning pioneering engineering, architecture and art, from brunel to henry moore, man ray and
of course harry beck, whose tube map has become an international icon.
‘the £2 coin was the perfect choice; its form is naturally reminiscent of the roundel that is the universal logo of the london underground.’
the coin depicts a tube train coming in to view from a tunnel
edwina ellis’ reverse design depicts the underground roundel
the pieces come in a display folder designed by in-house graphic designer of the royal mint david knapton
a sketch of the coin