Competition to design reverse of new one pound coin

Mar 23, 2014

Discussion by: TaniaBaxide

A  new 12-sided pound coin is to be minted here in Britain. There's going to be a competition for the design of the reverse [tails] of the new coin.

As with all current British coins, the obverse [heads] will carry a Latin inscription whose full form is ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSOR, meaning "Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith". (The inscription will appear in abbreviated form:  ELIZABETH II D G REG F D.)

It strikes me that something secular, sensible and scientific – the antithesis of the above religious Latin – would be appropriate.

I rather fancy a double helix or the Beagle under sail, but what do you think?

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