10 pences - A - Angel of the North
Series: United Kingdom - Quintessentially British A-Z Ten Pences
At The Angel of The North, where we begin our story, As we travel these lands of hope and glory.
Sitting proudly at the entrance to the North East, the Angel of the North is the largest sculpture in the whole of the UK and thought to be the largest angel sculpture in the world!
Since spreading its wings on 16 February 1998, Sir Anthony Gormley’s masterpiece remains the region’s most famous piece of artwork and one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world - seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year.
Weighing in at 200 tonnes and costing a total of £800,000, the statue is made of weather resistant Cor-ten steel, allowing it to withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour and preserving its presence in the North East for more than 100 years.