In 2014 two new £1 coins – one for Northern Ireland and one for Scotland – complete the series of four that began in 2013 with coins for England and Wales. The coins all feature designs by Timothy Noad, who is a professional calligrapher and a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. They continue the tradition of honouring the home nations of Britain on the £1 coin by incorporating familiar floral emblems. But, for the first time ever, they are paired together with other less well-known floral symbols in one reverse design: the thistle and bluebell for Scotland, and the shamrock and flax for Northern Ireland.
The £1 coin for Scotland is now available struck in sterling silver. The fierce thistle is complimented by the romantic Bluebell, curving toward each other in a circular and balanced arrangement. Only 2,000 coins will be available in this Limited Edition Presentation, each presented in a display case with a booklet all about the history of the flowers that adorn the coin and a Certificate of Authenticity to attest to the low issue limit and the coin’s peerless Royal Mint Proof finish.