Some of these Paddington Coin Covers have been out for a little and I was unaware of the fact, which is why I had not put up a post about them before.

So to start with the first two pieces of artwork that The Westminster Collection asked me to paint were views of Paddington Station and Buckingham Palace. This time they asked me to illustrate them in a more ‘children’s’ style. I choose to start with a pencil drawing and then on top of that paint in some watercolour washes.

Let’s look at the station illustration first. I researched the inside of Paddington Station and moved around, a little, some of the elements that I wanted (the clock, a Left Luggage Sign, bench etc.) Sketched them up and fitted them into the design space. With the feel of slightly old fashioned Paddington Station and hopefully in a natural and convincing way.

With the Buckingham Palace Design I wanted to add a Guardsman outside his Sentry Box. Even though these days you can no longer see them outside of Buckingham Palace for security reasons. But it just looks and feels right. 

I drew up the two designs into final ‘pencils’ and sent them off for approval, before starting the artwork. 

I am really pleased with how The Westminster Collection finished off the Covers and how they look. Each Cover is a limited edition of 1000.

Though I understand that the Buckingham Palace Cover has, by mistake, been given the wrong postmark and it has the Paddington Station postmark on it. This was not rectified given the scarcity of the 2006 Paddington Stamp on the Cover.

Pencil sketch for the Buckingham Palace artwork.

Following these two Designs I was asked to produce, in a similar style, a map of the world with a plane in transit from Peru to London. This then became The Ultimate Paddington Cover with the 1994 and 2006 Paddington Stamps and the two new Paddington 50p pieces.

I think everyone was pleased with how this project had gone. As another follow up I was asked to produce another ‘general London design’, incorporating several landmarks, buses, a red phone box, etc. Again I sketched everything up into what I thought was a pleasing design.

This was used by Collectology to produce ‘The Signed Capsule Edition’ featuring both Paddington Coins. Again the artwork is a watercolour wash over a pencil drawing. Each Insert within the capsule is hand signed and numbered by myself and it is a limited edition of just 250.

Collectology have also reused the first two Cover Designs for a Single Capsule Edition of each coin – limited to 1,958 of each.

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