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UK pattern pound coin dated 1983
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:36:14 AM »
The UK round pound was issued in 1983. Below you see a trial version, courtesy of the Royal Mint Museum, that is very close to the issued design. However, the Royal Mint Advisory Committee did not like the inclusion of the pound symbol. This seems a strange reaction. What is wrong with the pound symbol, especially if seen on a pound coin?

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Re: UK pattern pound coin dated 1983
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2017, 12:37:31 AM »



Above you see the reverse of the issued 1983 pound coin. The legend has been moved further away from the pictorial elements. On the pattern piece, they were too close together.

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Re: UK pattern pound coin dated 1983
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2017, 12:41:12 AM »
The pound symbol was also removed from the potential St. Helena and Ascension pound coin design.

Just what is wrong with the pound symbol on coins? Few enough pound coins carry it:

The pound symbol on sterling area coins.

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Re: UK pattern pound coin dated 1983
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2017, 12:46:28 AM »


The current 12-sided pound includes the pound sign, but admittedly only as a latent image.

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Re: UK pattern pound coin dated 1983
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2017, 10:14:12 AM »
Just what is wrong with the pound symbol on coins? Few enough pound coins carry it

The proper answer is probably tradition. I vividly remember a letter to the editor, objecting to to decimalisation and its coins with the argument that "putting a denomination on coins will pull us down to continental level" :)

The reason behind the reason is once again the French revolution. Before, it was usual for coins not to have a denomination. Maybe due to decimalisation in France, post-revolutionary French coins do carry a denomination. That must have been reason enough for successive British administrations to avoid denominations on coins as much as possible and put it in letters when unavoidable, until it became a tradition, like a bowler hat on clerks or whigs for judges.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: UK pattern pound coin dated 1983
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2017, 11:14:09 AM »
I see - "splendid isolation", but in the cultural (and numismatic) sense.