Phil

Phil

Posted on 09/07/2014


Photo taken on September  7, 2014


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UK Euro "Pattern" coin (1 of 2).

UK Euro "Pattern" coin (1 of 2).
In 2002 the UK issued a series of pattern coins based on the Euro. The coins were struck at the Heaton Birmingham Mint (which closed in 2003) with permission granted by the UK Government to use a new portrait of HM the Queen.

A pattern coin is a coin which has not been approved for release, produced for the purpose of evaluating a proposed coin design and not meant for circulation. They are often produced to proof standard in Gold or Silver, and as "Piedforts" (with double the thickness and weight of the standard version of a particular coin). They are collected or studied by coin collectors because of their highly-elaborate designs and their rarity....this one is a Sterling Silver Piedfort (one of only 5000 ever made to this specification). Pattern coins have been created for a variety of reasons, including sample coins for VIPs and for testing various designs and die cuts in the minting equipment.

Camera: Sony RX100.
Processed with Nikon Capture NX2.

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Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful shot.
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Stunning! Truly a gorgeous coin!

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