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1989 Scotland Thistle One Pound Silver Proof Coin

1989 Scottish Thistle £1 Silver Proof Boxed

Buy a 1989 Scotland Thistle One Pound Silver Proof Coin

The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III in the thirteenth century. According to legends, the thistle became important to Scotland when an invading Norseman stepped on a thistle and cried out, alerting Scots to the invasion. It was used on Scottish coins under James III and appeared regularly on currency, until 2008 when the crowned thistle 5 Pence ceased to be minted. In 1984 a new series of designs was issued for One Pound coins, featuring the national flora or each of the Home Nations, from the oak of England to the leek of Wales. During the series, the obverse portrait of the Queen switched from the second by Arnold Machin, to the third by Raphael Maklouf. Therefore, in 1989, this second thistle design was minted to ensure that there were flora designs with Maklouf's portrait. On the reverse is a design by Leslie Durbin featuring a prosperous thistle plant encircled by the Royal Diadem. The denomination of 'ONE POUND' is inscribed below and the edge inscription reads 'NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT,' or 'no-one provokes me with impunity.' This £1 coin is struck in .925 sterling silver and struck to proof quality. It weighs the standard 9.50 grams and has a diameter of 22.50 milimetres. One of 22,275 released in this presentation, this coin comes in its original packaging from The Royal Mint, including the certificate of authenticity.
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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Raphael Maklouf. Third official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1989'.


Thistle design by Leslie Durbin representing Scotland with the national flora. Thistle is encircled by Royal Diadem with the denomination written below. Part of a series featuring the national plant of each Home Nation.


Edge inscription: 'NEMO IMPUNE LACESSIT'.


Proof coin, struck in 9.50 grams of .925 sterling silver. Diameter: 22.50 millimetres. Face value: £1 / One Pound.


Offered in its original box with certificate of authenticity. One of 22,275 issued in this presentation.


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