Posted on 09/07/2014

Photo taken on September  7, 2014

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UK "Pattern" coin (2 of 2).

UK "Pattern" coin (2 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" (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.

Marie-claire Gallet, Елена Крайняя, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, John Linton and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture.
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Magnificent capture!

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4 years ago.
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**International Photo Gallery**
4 years ago.
Tom Hernon
Tom Hernon
This is a beautiful photo.

However the artist has made an error similar to one made in the1840s when a florin/two shilling piece (10p in today's money) was issued without the DEI GRATIA/DEI GRA/DG, and was known at the "Godless (or graceless) florin.
This one omits the FIDEI DEFENSOR/FID DEF/FD text.

HMQ would not be amused!
4 years ago.
Phil has replied to Tom Hernon
I believe that this was done deliberately to avoid offending other heads of state (assuming, at that time, that the UK would become a full member). Apparently, if one head of state claimed to be the "Defender of The Faith" it would imply that other heads of state were less religious and / or faithful.
4 years ago. Edited 18 months ago.