First introduced in 1983, the £1 coin in the United Kingdom is regularly updated to include new designs celebrating various facets of the four cornerstones of the Union, England, Scotland Northern Ireland and Wales. The Royal Mint, on an equally regular basis, releases commemorative proof versions of this highly popular coin in both silver and gold.
Starting with the release of the English and Welsh coins last year, the theme for this round of designs is Flora of the United Kingdom. For this new Northern Ireland coin, the two plants chosen are the obvious Shamrock, something so tied into the fabric of Irish culture it’s hard to associate anything else with them, and the Flax, a symbol of unity.
Available to order now, the silver coin is £50, the double-thickness Piedfort version is £100, and the gold sells for £850. A well done design, with a small mintage going some way to justifying the pricing.