Step 1: About...
Step 2: Getting the Money
Step 3: Prepare the Notes
Step 4: Lay Them Out
Step 5: Perspex Cover
Step 6: Place Coins on Top
Pawn - The foot soldiers. Naturally, these had to utilise the lowest denomination, currently the penny. Since soldiers are individuals I decide on a single coin, but because as they are proud to be representing and defending their country, I picked only the shiniest coins I had. Total cost per side: 8p.
Rook - Sometimes called .castles., these are the solid bastions placed at the edge of the board, so they had to look strong and purposeful, so I stacked 9 in a tower. But which coin? The two fattest coins are the 2p and Â£2, so I choice the 2p. This means the total cost of the piece is 18p, thereby gaining value by brute force, in much the same way the rook controls the board. It.s war connotations are amplified by using dull coins, and is the only major piece to use copper. Total cost per side: 36p.
Knight - A complex piece, with deadly beauty . especially in the hands of a chess master. I therefore choice the most complex coins, the 7-sided 20p, and 50p, and stacked them for height and value, intentionally making it the most expensive piece of non-royalty on the board. It consists of 8x20p and 1x50p. Total cost per side: Â£4.20.
Bishop - This has a broad base of 3x10p to represent the congregation, and a tall stack of 11x5p in an attempt to reach heaven (why else are church spires so high?) The (physically) smallest UK coin, the 5p, represents the bishops narrow purpose in battle. Total cost per side: Â£1.70.
Step 7: King and Queen
King - The focus of the game is to capture of the king, so this must include the largest value coin (£2), and be worth the most. (There is a £5 coin, but that.s rare.) There is also a stack of pound coins to mirror that of the Queen, and their marriage. However, the king is more important (sorry, girls!) so his stack is 7x£1, and 1x£2. Total cost per side: £9.00.
Step 8: Et Voila!
...and it's my Instructable, so I'm right ;)