A equals 10p…

A equals the first letter of the alphabet, or in the collectable 10p terms; 

“The Angel of the North” 

Ok briefly in 2018 The Royal Mint released the A-Z of Great Britain in 10p coins, although 5.2 million of these 10p coins have been released into circulation, they are very hard to find, after being, quickly, whisked away into coin collections, but they will still be produced by The Royal Mint throughout 2019, with the major difference of the “date letter” with only about 2.1 million of these coins entering circulation… So, OK, I might have started late in the scheme of things, but as my daughter works in the bank, and they don’t see many of these coins at all, I consider I am lucky enough to have started at all, my first one was donated to me from my son, and that was the letter A, whilst my daughter, not to be outdone, found the letter H at work, so I now have two, so what does the letter “A” represent… The-Angel-of-the-North-was-built-by-Anthony-Gormley1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Angel of the North was built in Hartlepool, using three thousand one hundred & fifty three pieces of steel, which took twenty skilled men working full time on the project, six months to complete, being constructed out of Weather resistant brown steel, known as Corten steel, that contains a small amount of copper, this was used as the main material not only to enhance the Angel of the North ‘s durability but to create a pleasing effect…

With the sculpture being built in four parts, namely the body & two wings, these were manufactured before being brought to the site & being added to the forth part of the construction which was the concrete foundations, being relatively maintenance free, requiring an inspection every seven years, with a total expected lifespan of one hundred years, the concept of a large sculpture was born in 1994, before construction actually started in July 1997, with the project being finished in February the following year…

The aim of the project, was to signify the hopes and fears of the mining community, as it evolved from the industrial age & into the digital age of information, with digital Technologie used to create all of the data needed to make The Angel of the North, weighing in at a hefty two hundred tonnes, with a bodyweight of one hundred tonnes and each 54mt.. wing coming in at a weighty fifty tonnes…

Although much maligned in the latter part of the twentieth century, and even today the older generation are baffled by its meaning, with such a vast fortune being spent on a sculptor in a basically poor area, with the bulk of the £ 800.000p coming from the lottery fund, with the Northern Arts Council supplying £ 150.000p with a further £ 150.000p coming from Private Sponsorship & the European Regional Development Fund…

Apart from being the largest sculpture in Britan, it is thought that the Angel of the North is the largest sculpture in the world, to depict an Angel…

Many people who travel north on the A1, will catch a glimpse of the iconic sculpture, as they pass by Gateshead, although the trees have grown up around the Angel it is not that hard to miss, and well worth a visit…

 

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