British Culture & Expressions

UK Coins shield pattern challenge

Matt Dent in 2008, after a public competition, designed the United Kingdom latest coins. He created a design based on the Royal shield of arms, but few people realise that you can actually piece together the complete shield design, as seen on the £1 coin, using the other coins, from the 1p to 50p, like a jig-saw!

The royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom

The royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, or the Royal Arms for short, is the official coat of arms of the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. These arms are used by the Queen in her official capacity as monarch of the United Kingdom.

The shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland.

More than 30.14 billion coins circulating in the United Kingdom.

For many centuries production was in London, initially at the Tower of London, and then at the Royal Mint Court which is a government-owned mint that produces coins for all United Kingdom. It is wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury and is under an exclusive contract to supply all the nation’s coinage. The mint exports to an average of 60 countries a year, making up 70% of its total sales.

A curiosity about the Monarch’s head

All coins since the 17th century have featured a profile of the current monarch’s head. The direction in which they face changes with each successive monarch, a pattern that began with the Stuarts, as shown in the table below:

Coins Facing

 

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