1986 UK Royal Mint - Brilliant Uncirculated Northern Ireland £1 Coin in folder - ONLY 19,908 RELEASED

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By 1980 it had become apparent that with the general decline in purchasing power, the £1 unit of currency was more appropriate to a coin than a banknote.

After consultation with many groups including retailers and special interest groups, the Government announced on 31 July 1981 that a new £1 coin that was to be issued on 21 April 1983.

This £1 coin was the first release of custom Northern Ireland Coinage for circulation. 

According to the Royal Mint, "The Northern Ireland £1 coin, the third in the series of four, was introduced into circulation on 21 April 1986. Appropriately, Northern Ireland was represented by the flax plant, whose fibres have - for centuries - been woven into world famous linens." This design was issued again only once, in 1991.

The coin’s edge inscription is in Latin: DECUS ET TUTAMEN, which may be translated as "an ornament to safeguard".

Only 19,908 specimen grade coins were issued in these presentation folders.

The coin remain in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, preserved in the original Royal Mint holder, with the case like new.

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