The article about Gordon Brown rejecting the naff design for the obverse of the new 50p coin commemorating the Victoria Cross started me thinking about why we need to employ the services of a civilian artist who seems to misunderstand what the VC is all about. It would be easy to pick any of numerous examples from history for the coin (and why stick to one particular incident). I'll try to keep to a tri service theme but we could have included: Charles Lucas on board HMS Hecla who threw a live shell off the deck during the Crimean war in 1854 (this was the first to be awarded and was back dated from the instigation of the VC in 1857) The CSM at Rorke's drift bawling defiance with his rifle and bayonet at the en guard. Leefe Robinson shooting down a German airship over London. The first VC of WW1 (a Fusilier if memory serves correct who took over a Vickers MG by a railway line) The RAF chap who crawled out on the wing of a Wellington bomber to put an engine fire out. Lionel Queripel at the Wolfeholze Crossing at Arnhem throwing the Germans' grenades back at them. The Gurkha who used engineer plant to help take out some Japanese and protect his own chaps. The vicar who won the VC twice. Speakman in Korea throwing empty beer bottles at the Chinese. Col H in the Falklands Pte Beharry. My point is that we don't need to rely on someone elses imagination; the real life stories are incredible and don't need making up. Over to you for other suggestions I think the only criteria should be that the action must be able to be portrayed on a coin and ideally should give a sense of the energy and danger involved (so for instance Leonard Cheshire's VC for multiple missions wouldn't fit - probably).