Has this link sent to me at work. It seems that a massive redesign is afoot, giving for the first time since decimalisation a unified design for our coins. The current designs go back 40 years- the first decimal coins being the 10p and 5p, minted in 1968, replacing the shilling and two shilling coins in the then still pre-decimal system.
And contrary to the rantings of certain sections of the community the new lot are even more British in their symbolism, and indicative of our heritage than the old.
The redesign has cost just £35,000 plus the costs of running the competition. Given the millions usually wasted on branding exercises that produce far less inspiring results, I would say it’s money well spent.