Flax Plant and royal diadem representing Northern Ireland

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Specifications

Issued 1986, 1991
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Composition Nickel-Brass 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc
Obverse 1986 Arnold Machin, 1991 Raphael Maklouf
Reverse Leslie Durbin
Edge Milled
Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Mintage 1986: 10,409,501, 1991: 38,443,575
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The Northern Ireland £1, the third in the series of four, was introduced into circulation on 21 April 1986. Appropriately, Northern Ireland is represented by the flax plant, whose fibres have for centuries been woven into world famous linens. The coin carries the edge inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN, ‘an ornament and a safeguard’.

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