This section of the collection chiefly comprises artists’ drawings and plaster models for coins and medals produced by the Royal Mint, along with the metal electrotypes made from the models as part of the die-making process. The earliest plaster models belong to the middle years of the 19th century, with pride of place occupied by William Wyon’s spectacular model for Great Exhibition medals of 1851. For the most part, however, they date from the 1920s and this is true also of the drawings, which like the plaster models relate to overseas coins and medals as well as those for the United Kingdom. In recent years all drawings submitted in Royal Mint design competitions are saved for the collection and this is accordingly a rapidly growing section of the collection.
Browse highlights of the artwork and plaster models collection below.