Saturday, August 5, 2017

Percy Metcalfe

[Great Britain] (b 1895/d 1970)

"Percy Metcalfe joined the Leeds School of Art in 1910 as a general artist. He then moved to sculpting and designing objects as an art form at the Royal College of Art in London. Here he was influenced by Francis Derwent Wood who he worked with and was mentored by. (...) Metcalfe designed the first coinage of the Irish Free State in 1928 chosen out of 6 designers...(..) He was responsible for the design of the George Cross in 1940, particularly the head of King George VI on it and also designed the Great Seal of the Realm. He produced designs for coinage of several countries including Ireland and Australia and the portrait of King George V which was used as the obverse for coins of Australia, Canada, Fiji, Mauritius, New Zealand and Southern Rhodesia. (...) Metcalfe also produced many designs for Ashtead Pottery between 1923 and 1936. (...) In 2010, the Central Bank of Ireland issued euro coins featuring Metcalfe's Irish coin designs, specifically the salmon and horse design, with slight modifications to represent the "new generation." This was the first time his work was presented on the euro currency. (..)"


Great Britain 1948 "Olympic Games" (4,4,1) [Photo (Harrison & Sons)] Sc(271)

Great Britain 1949 "UPU" (4,4,1) [Photo (Harrison & Sons)] Sc(277)

Great Britain 1951 "High Values" (4,4,2) [Recess (Waterlow and Sons,London)] Sc(288,289)

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