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Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« on: May 13, 2016, 11:36:33 AM »
St Asaph bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin.

A final commemorative round £1 coin has been struck using a design created by the Bishop of St Asaph following a Royal Mint competition.

It features the Welsh dragon, the English lion, the Scottish unicorn and a stag for Northern Ireland.
Rt Rev Gregory Cameron has also been able to incorporate his initials.

The final batch of round £1 coins for public circulation were struck at the mint in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, in December.
A new 12-sided £1 coin, billed by the Royal Mint as the "most secure coin in the world", is to be introduced in 2017.

Rt Rev Cameron, an amateur artist and coin collector, said: "I am absolutely delighted and proud that I have designed the very last commemorative round pound coin.

"In my design, the four heraldic beasts are equal - each has its quarter of the coin.

"There is also some cross-over - parts of each beast cross over into the next. That makes it more dynamic and also symbolic as it shows four separate nations, all an equal part, yet interlinked as they protect Britain's sovereignty, the Crown.

"As a Welshman, I put my initials GKC under the dragon."

Royal Mint commemorative coins director Anne Jessopp said the commemorative "farewell" pound was all the more special, given it was the last.
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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2016, 01:32:43 PM »
I like the way the Royal Mint is marketing this as a new issue, even though it appears in the year sets first issued in December!  I'm glad that, for once, I don't have to fork out £10 for one coin.

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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2016, 03:08:18 PM »
I have to say the bishop did a fantastic job. Love the heraldy, the asymmetric symmetry (if that can exist !). Its a busy design no doubt, but worthwhile in this case

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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2016, 07:22:38 PM »
The design, I agree, is very well done. It's difficult to bring heraldry alive in these modern times.
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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2016, 01:39:30 PM »
I don't particularly like the coin (or hate it), but I do think it's better than the one which will go on the new pound coins from next year.


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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2016, 03:42:52 PM »
I quite like this design.  I also like the one from last year that's now quite commonly encountered in circulation.  Something like that would have been better for the new version.  The design selected is OK - to me, it's reminiscent of the 1984-87 designs - but I think it only really works as a one-year design.  Perhaps that is the plan, to continually rotate the designs.  The system they used from 2008 onwards - one definitive design issued every year plus up to two others - was a bit much (but then, it allowed the Royal Mint to make money from collectors).

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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 04:41:32 PM »


Here's a reminder of the Bishop's design. Unfortunately, it has only been issued in sets.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2016, 04:42:36 PM »


The 2015 design, which is NOT by the Bishop, also includes a unicorn, and it does circulate. I have received about 6 of these in change so far.
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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2016, 02:17:15 PM »
And this is what the 2016 Last Round looks like as sold by the Royal Mint.

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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2016, 05:32:07 PM »
The round pound finishes on its 25th different reverse design.  Is that more than any other territory?  For years, Jersey was ahead as, by 1994, it had issued 19 different designs.  The UK was merely on its seventh then.  I don't think the UK had equalled it until the completion of the city designs in 2011.  Jersey didn't issue any new designs after 1994.

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Re: Bishop designs commemorative round £1 coin
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2019, 10:33:53 AM »
RM have published mintage figures for the last £1 round coin:

The Last Round Pound 2016 United Kingdom £1 Brilliant Uncirculated: 96,089
The Last Round Pound 2016 United Kingdom £1 Gold Proof: 499
The Last Round Pound 2016 United Kingdom £1 Silver Piedfort: 2,993
The Last Round Pound 2016 United Kingdom £1 Silver Proof: 7,491
The Last Round Pound 2016 United Kingdom £1 Brilliant Uncirculated in tubes: 68,537
The Last Round Pound 2016 United Kingdom Visitor Centre Exclusive Strike Your Own Coin: 39,431
Farewell & Nations of the Crown 2016 UK £1 BU Coin: 9,850