The Piedfort is the ‘heavyweight’ of the coin world. Struck on double-thickness blanks, these mighty coins are the prize of the collector and are always in the highest demand. 2013 saw the launch of a new series of designs for the £1 coin, with two floral emblems for one nation combined in a single design to honour each country in turn – a first for the United Kingdom. And in 2014 we complete the series with a coin for Scotland and this perfectly balanced £1 coin for Northern Ireland – the lucky and cheery shamrock combined with the flax.
When struck in sterling silver as a Piedfort – twice the thickness – this coin is impressive. Your Piedfort is presented in a Royal Mint display case and comes with a booklet that explores the origins of the floral emblems. A Certificate of Authenticity completes this Limited Edition Presentation of only 1,000.
Ever since the £1 was in introduced in 1983 it has become traditional to honour the four home nations of the United Kingdom. Several series of designs – inspired by such diverse themes as heraldry, architecture and now native flora – have appeared on the £1, interspersed with various renderings of the Royal Arms. The shamrock is a familiar emblem, immediately evocative of Northern Ireland, but the flax is less well-known. The flax plant is used in the production of famed Irish linen, an industry that has called upon people from all kinds of backgrounds.
The Piedfort dates back to twelfth-century France, first struck in England in the middle ages. With double the thickness – and thus double the amount of silver – the coins remain the collector’s delight. They are always struck in limited numbers and are among the most sought after issues of the year.