Inspired by nature and by national heritage, Timothy Noad – a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators – has created a perfectly balanced design for his £1 coin, combining the cheery shamrock, well known as a symbol of Northern Ireland, with the flax plant. Struck in 22 carat gold his design is both simple and beautiful, the Proof finish highlighting every delicate detail of each flower. The coin is finished with the edge inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN or ‘An ornament and a safeguard’
Your coin is presented in a Royal Mint display case with a booklet that tells the story of the shamrock and flax as symbols of Northern Ireland, while a Certificate of Authenticity confirms the low issue of just 200 of these Limited Edition Presentations. The £1 coin is a favourite with collectors of all things British, and with visitors to the United Kingdom, and as this coin completes a series it will be much sought after – an early order for your gold coin is highly recommended.
British coins have long followed the age-old tradition of carrying a portrait of the monarch, the effigy itself a representation of a nation. But other symbols have also come to stand for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Since the £1 coin was introduced symbols from heraldry, architecture, and public life have featured on its reverse. Floral symbols have appeared on Britain’s coins before, even combined to embody the United Kingdom – the Coronation Crown of 1953 featured the rose, leek, thistle and shamrock, for example. But in creating his designs Timothy Noad has also created a United Kingdom first, with a pair of floral symbols for one nation combined on a UK coin for the very first time.
The shamrock is well known as a symbol for Northern Ireland, but the flax – the staple of Irish linen– was chosen to represent the many people of different backgrounds who have played their part in the linen industry. This floral pairing represents a modern Northern Ireland, and when struck in 22 carat gold, they make a stirring tribute to the nation, and a worthy addition to any collection.