United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995
United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995

Collection, United Kingdom, 1995, UNC

United Kingdom, Brilliant UNC Collection, 1995

Includes the Second World War 2 Pound Coin

 

The Second World War - 2 Pound Coin

The End of The War

‘The greatest outburst of joy in the history of mankind’. With these words Winston Churchill captured the world’s reaction to the happy news that, after almost sig long years, the War in Europe was finally over and that all hostilities were to cease after midnight on 8th May 1945,
VE Day. Jubilant crowds sang and danced in the streets of London, New York, Paris, Moscow and in cities and town around the world. In the Far East, however the War continued. There the end just three months later on 15 August, VJ Day, with the unconditional surrender of Japan, the Allied nations the world over were again able to unite in joyful celebration.

The 2 Pound Coin

On the reverse of the 2 pound coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of the War, John Mills has depicted mankind’s desire for a peaceful world, featuring in his own words, ‘a symbol of aspiring peace, the calm, bountiful and optimistic image of a Dove’. Peace is emphasised, too, in
the edge inscription (1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995) part of the well-known ‘moral’ that prefaces Churchill’s history of the Second World War.

In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance

In Victory: magnanimity. In Peace: goodwill

 

The 1 Pound Coin of
Wales

The earliest mention of the red dragon as a national emblem of Wales appears in Historia Brittonum, written in Wales in the early ninth century. It tells the familiar story of the battle of the red and white dragons that raged beneath the site of Vortigern’s fortress in Snowdonia, the red
dragon at first having the worst of it, but finally overcoming the white. The combat was taken to symbolise the struggle between the Britons and the Saxons and foretold that the Britons, after long years of oppression, would one day drive the Saxons back across the sea.  From that time the red dragon was linked with the great Welsh Princes and it is entirely appropriate that it should eventually have been chosen as the Royal Badge of Wales.

The 1 Pound Coin

The new 1 Pound coin for Wales is the second in a series representing the four consistuent parts of the United Kingdom(UK). The famous red dragon of Wales, shown passant with wings elevated as it appears on both the badge and flag of Wales, has been modelled by Norman Sillman from a drawing by the College of Arms.  Like it counterparts of 1985 and 1990, the new Welsh 1 pound carries the edge inscription, PLEIDIOL WYF I’M GWLAD, taken form the Welsh national anthem and
meaning ‘true am I to my country’.  

 

DESIGNS AND SPECIFICATIONS

One Penny

A portcullis with chains royally crowned, being an adaptation of the Badge of King Henry VII.

Designer

Christopher Ironside

Alloy

Copper-Plated Steel

Weight

3.56gms

Diameter

20.32mm

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.





FIVE PENCE 

The Badge of Scotland, a thistle royally crowned

Designer

Christopher Ironside

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

3.25gms

Diameter

18.00mm

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

TWENTY-PENCE

The Badge of England, the Tudor rose, in stylised from and royally crowned

Designer

William Gardner

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

5.00 gms

Diameter

21.50mm

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

FIFTY PENCE

The seated figure of Britannia, approved for the fifty pence coin at the time of decimalisation

Designer

Christopher Ironside

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

13.50gms

Diameter

30.00mm

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

ONE POUND

The Welsh dragon passant with wings elevated.

Designer

Modelled by Norman Sillman from a
  drawing by the College of Arms

Alloy

Nickel-Brass

Weight

9.5gms

Diameter

22.50 mm

Edge
  inscription

PLEIDIOL WYF I’M GWLAD

(True am I to my country)

 

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

TWO PENCE

The badge of the Prince of Wales, comprising three ostrich feathers
  enfiling a coronet of crosses pattee and fleur-de-lys with the motto ICH
  DIEN(I Serve)

Designer

Christopher Ironside

Alloy

Copper-Plated Steel

Weight

7.13gms

Diameter

25.91mm

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

TWO POUNDS

A dove, the universal symbol of peace

Designer

John Mills

Alloy

Nickel-Brass

Weight

15.98gms

Diameter

28.40mm

Edge
  inscription

1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL, 1995

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

TEN PENCE

Part of the Crest of England, a lion passant guardant royally
  crowned.

Designer

Christopher Ironside

Alloy

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

6.50 gms

Diameter

24.50 mm

Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by
  Raphael Maklouf.

 

Credits: Above text was taken from the 1995, United Kingdom Brilliant UNC Coin collection pamphlet – Royal Mint, Llantrisant, MID GLAMORGAN CF7 8YT, Copyright 1995




 

 

 

 

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