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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