Rank-Broadley in 2008
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Ian Rank-Broadley is a British sculptor, probably most well known for designing the 1998 portrait of Elizabeth II (1926–) on coins of the British Commonwealth. He currently resides in Gloucestershire.
Rank-Broadley was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in 1952. He studied at the Epsom School of Art from 1970 to 1974, and the Slade School of Fine Art from 1974 to 1976. He then participated in a number of postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, Italy, and France.
Rank-Broadley won the 1997 Royal Mint competition for a new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II to appear on the obverse of all British and some Commonwealth coins from 1998 onward. He won another Royal Mint competition a year later, in 1998, for his design of a 5 pound coin celebrating the centennial of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900–2002). Rank-Broadley later designed the reverse of another 5 pound coin in 2002, which commemorated the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. He designed a conjoint portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (1921–) for a 2007 5 pound coin, which celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. The most recent coin Rank-Broadley has designed was a 2008 5 pound coin memorializing the 60th birthday of Charles (1948–), the Prince of Wales.
Rank-Broadley, a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, has designed a number of statues, many of which are on display throughout Europe and in the United States. Some of his most famous sculptures were presented to the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England upon its dedication.