N.I. Celtic Cross with a Pimpernel Flower

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Specifications

Issued 1996, 2001
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Composition Nickel-Brass 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc
Obverse 1996 Raphael Maklouf, 2001 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Norman Sillman
Edge Milled
Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Mintage 1996: 89,886,000, 2001: 63,968,065
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Design details:

The second series of £1 coin designs used heraldic emblems to represent the United Kingdom and its four constituent countries. This coin features the Broighter collar over a Celtic Cross to represent Northern Ireland. The Broighter collar was discovered in 1896 amongst a hoard of gold Iron Age artefacts near Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland, and is said to be the finest example of Irish La Tène goldworking in Europe.

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