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1991 Northern Ireland Flax Plant One Pound Silver Proof Coin

1991 Northern Ireland Flax Plant £1 Silver Proof Boxed

Buy a 1991 Northern Ireland Flax Plant One Pound Silver Proof Coin

The first One Pound coins were issued in 1983, their reverse featured a design of the Royal Coat of Arms. The following year, a new series of £1 designs was launched using national symbolic plants from each of the Home Nations, from the Oak Tree of England to the Thistle of Scotland. Following the first run of these four designs, the series was restarted in 1990. This 1991 silver proof coin featuring the flax plant of Northern Ireland was the second coin issued in this second series. During the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the textile industry boomed in Ulster, especially linen which is made from flax. The Ulster linen industry employed over 70,000 people and helped cities like Belfast more than double in population between 1841 and 1871. While linen is still made in Northern Ireland today on a smaller scale, the flax plant remains important, and is used as the emblem of the Northern Ireland Assembly. In recognition of this heritage, this silver proof One Pound coin representing Northern Ireland features, on the reverse, a prosperous flax plant encircled by the Royal Diadem, designed by Leslie Durbin. Below the flax design, the denomination 'ONE POUND' is transcribed. Around the edge of this silver proof coin is the inscription 'DECUS ET TUTAMEN' which translates to 'an ornament and a safeguard.' This design is paired with Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Elizabeth II on the obverse, the third official effigy of The Queen. Comprised of .925 sterling silver and with a weight of 9.50 grams, this coin is finished to proof standard giving a better quality and definition. It has a diameter of 22.50 milimetres and is one of 22,922 issued. This collectable piece is presented in the original packaging from The Royal Mint, and comes with its 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 · 1991'.


Design by Leslie Durbin featuring a flax plant encircled by the Royal Diadem to represent Northern Ireland. The denomination is featured below.


Edge inscription: 'DECUS ET TUTAMEN'.


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


Coin comes in its original presentation packaging with certificate of authenticity. One of 22,922 issued by The Royal Mint in this format.


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