The stamp collection was my second idea. The oldest book in that pile goes right back to the 1950s when with the enthusiasm of childhood I stuck in anything that came my way. Gradually my interests narrowed until, in recent years, it is only UK issues that I collect. Sadly, for some time now, the books have remained unopened. I love the colours and designs, the little differences....
And so to coins where the changing design of the Queen's head is an interesting development. I don't have any coins in Belfast from before 1968 but since then these have been the portrait designers:
1968-1984 Arnold Machin.
1985-1997 Raphael Maklouf.
Since 1998 Ian Rank-Broadley.
365Project has reminded me of a hobby that I enjoy a great deal and maybe ought to resurrect.
Lord of creation;
look with favour on the world you have made,
guide the nations in the ways of justice and of peace,
and bless Elizabeth our Queen and all in authority.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Book of Common Prayer
From Eucharistic Prayer Two