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The colour of money.

 'Coloured' coins are now being produced for collectors, such as the example on the right, a 5 pound coin commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The colours are printed on during the manufacturing process, and while you may not see coloured coins in your loose change yet, it is only a matter of time as Australia and Canada already have circulating issues. However in 1887 the process was much more labour intensive. A skilled craftsman would have created the enameled silver Crown on the left entirely by hand using processes now lost to history, in readiness for Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, and to meet the latest craze for enameled coin jewelery. Which one do you like the best?

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