Minted: Making Money and Meaning

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I am proud to announce that a never before seen archived collection of rare and influential coins, are now on display at the Grosvenor Museum but they may not present in the manner in which you might expect.

We have selected 12 coins including images of Queen Mary, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and others. But unlike usual presentations in display cases, this exhibition really brings the coins to life using photographic portraiture to represent the respective rulers.


The representation of power and wealth was of the utmost importance to their political and social standing and coin portraiture was the most successful way of spreading the word. Propaganda is not a modern concept. The social elite would ‘enhance’ their public image to best suit their needs.

Just as they did, we used some artistic license when deciphering the faded coins to enable us to portray the character successfully.


The specially chosen models were styled over two days, some more complex than others due to the wide range of styles and periods.

Now, thanks to the fantastic hair and make –up of Louise O’Callaghan and all the volunteers involved, these historic VIP’s are now on show in their full glory from 23rd July to the 16th October.