A representation of the Menai Bridge inside a border of railings and stanchions
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2005 Ian Rank-Broadley
||Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways
About This Design
The one pound coin for 2005 depicts Thomas Telford's spectacular Menai Bridge and, honouring Wales, is the second in a series of four one pound reverse designs. In a refreshing departure from the more traditional heraldic approach, the series features famous bridges in each of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom and makes for a fascinating tribute to British architecture and engineering achievement.
History Of The £1
By 1980 it had become apparent that with the general decline in purchasing power, the £1 unit of currency was more appropriate to a coin than a banknote. After consultation with many groups including retailers and special interest groups, the Government announced on 31 July 1981 that a new £1 coin that was to be issued on 21 April 1983. Since its launch the £1 has always represented the United Kingdom and its constituent parts; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Menai Railway Bridge Coin original drawing