It’s the new 50p coin. It will buy you about a quarter of a Starbucks coffee. Its predecessor, the 10/- note, would have bought you a full English breakfast for two.
The coin features Tennyson’s words “Blow Bugle Blow” and “Set the Wild Echoes Flying”, set to music by Britten in Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. The name of the composer is framed in a double stave
Of greater interest that the coinage is the artist. The indefatigable Tom Philips, painter, composer and writer, has a new show opening this week.