Robustness of dies + frosting
The “Petition” Crown was presented at the King’s court, an incident recorded by
Samuel Pepys in his diary. Simon’s exquisite engraving and extraordinary ...
Robustness of the new coinage andfrosting: Simon’s development of the ‘edge reading’
did not come easily as can be seen from the photograph.
It was a feat of incredible engineering for the period--the detail of the engraving,
the frosting on the coin. The only slight failure was the minute die crack caused by the
immense pressure of the striking process.
We can see the wonderful signature of Simon but the purpose of the photo is to show
the die breakage starting from the inner part of the C and running down through the
lower lock of hair into the drapery on the lower bust of the body. Such a photograph
highlights the minute work and frosting on the drapery and below the
wonderful portrait of the King.