The first Galvanize celebratory limited edition coins have been minted to be Sheffield’s calling card to other UK cities and the rest of the world.
On one side of the coins designed by artist Jonathan Wilkinson are six landmark Sheffield buildings – the Millennium Gallery, Persistence Works (Yorkshire Artspace), Butcher Works, Forgemasters, The Cheese Grater (Q Park) and the Cutlers Hall. The other side firmly identifies the coins as created and produced in Sheffield by featuring the Assay Office, Galvanize and the Made in Sheffield mark.
Assay Master Ashley Carson said: “This initiative particularly appealed to us as the coin seemed such a simple but effective way to represent Sheffield’s metalworking and design skills. The coin also features buildings that are synonymous with what Sheffield makes as well as representing both historical and contemporary architectural design.”
Painter, illustrator and graphic designer Jonathan Wilkinson added: “It’s an honour to be invited to produce a design for something as prestigious as this to fly the flag of my hometown. It was also an enjoyable challenge to illustrate key locations in the city that best sum up Sheffield’s design and innovation, and that could fit into such a compact design. However I think we pulled it off as the detail is just stunning!”
Inspired by the brutalist surroundings of Sheffield’s urban landscape he developed a pared-back and architectural style which quickly gained him a local following which now stretches far beyond Sheffield. In 2007 he set up an online store selling his own artwork called We Live Here.
There will 1,000 coins produced in base metal and 101 commemorative silver coins, as the coins were first created during the 100 years of stainless steel celebrations in 2013 and have been produced in the following year in 2014; 100 years plus 1. Each silver coin will be numbered and 81 will be available to buy for £100 each from mid May.
Galvanize Sheffield, in partnership with various organisations in the city, promotes contemporary metal design and innovation.