Royal Mint 1987 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection: Featuring the defining coins of 1987 including the first English £1 coin
This Nickel-Brass, Cupro-Nickel and Bronze Uncirculated coin set, was released to commemorate the coins of 1987 from The Royal Mint. This 1987 collection is of particular significance due to the introduction of the first English £1 coin depicting the 'Oak' with the edge inscription, Decus Et Tutamen (An ornament and a safeguard). This design is the fifth release after the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales pound coins, creating a full UK set. The oak tree was chosen for its association as 'Monarch of the Forest' in a design by Leslie Durbin. England has been in a long-term relationship with the oak tree from King Charles II hiding from Cromwell's men behind a Boscobel Oak to the days of Nelson when Britain was judged for the 'toughness of her native oak' in shipping. The oak is also no stranger to UK coinage, having featured in the design of Maundy money and on various Bank of England coins since 1811. The one-pound coin would eventually replace the popularity of the pound note over several decades. This 7-piece annual set, celebrates 1987 and hosts the new 3rd Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf, FRSA.
The year 1987
1987 witnessed; the third re-election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, Poll Tax protests gained traction, Acid House marked the beginnings of the UK rave scene, January saw a record snowfall, and the first Simpsons 1 minute shorts aired as part of the Tracey Ullman Show. Meanwhile, Rick Astley shot to the top of the charts with 'Never Gonna Give You Up' and more bizarrely, under 'Operation Deepscan', 24 boats filled with £1 million of equipment searched the Loch Ness Monster. This Royal Mint 1987 collection marks an extraordinary year for coinage and current affairs, and now you can purchase a piece of this historical year.
Struck at a higher standard than circulating or bullions coins and handled carefully to avoid any damage, Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins, although not as high value as Proof coins, are ideal for an entry-level collector or to mark an important milestone. This 1987 annual set features all 7 coins, which were in circulation during the course of a very special year.
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