Speaking of bright shiny, have you seen the new British coins that will be going into circulation soon that were designed by 26 year old Matthew Dent? His designs won the competition, which was open to the British public. These are definitely fresh and new; not your average coins. A wonderfully new artistic take on a very old medium.
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I first spotted this new development while reading The Gaurdian Blog - great article.