Tercentenary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland

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Specifications

Issued 2007
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12g
Composition Outer: nickel-brass 76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc
Composition Inner: Cupro-nickel 75% copper, 25% nickel
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Yvonne Holton
Edge Milled
Inscription United into one Kingdom
Mintage 7,545,000
 

Design details:


When James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1603 the two countries were united under one monarchy. Over the course of the seventeenth century there were several attempts to bring about a closer union between the two countries but more than a century passed before Scotland and England were finally united under one Parliament. The Act was passed in 1707 and to commemorate the 300th anniversary of a remarkable union the Royal Mint has issued a special two-pound coin. Created by Yvonne Holton, FRSA, the reverse design symbolises the joining of Scotland and England in a political union through a rose and thistle growing from a single stem accompanied by a portcullis to signify parliament and overlaid with a linking device of a jigsaw. The obverse bears the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS.
 

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