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United Kingdom GB Euro Pattern Set

Year of Issue - 2003

Presentation folder of UK Euro Pattern coins 2003. A pattern coin is a coin used for evaluating a proposed coin design or for a collectability factor, but is not legal tender.

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United Kingdom Euro Pattern Set 2003

Limited Edition: Only 10,000 issued

Attractive illustrated Presentation Wallet with coins mounted in opaque capsules allowing viewing on both sides of coins.

No coin in this set has a legal tender value.

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United Kingdom Euro Pattern Collection 2003

Triple Celebration Edition

1) English and Scottish Thrones United, 1603-2003, Start of the 'United' Kingdom

Exactly four hundred years ago, in 1603, King James VI of Scotland heard froma travel weary Englishman, Sir Robert Carey, who had ridden from London to Edinburgh in 60 hours that Queen Elizabeth was dead. Elizabeth had died aged 69, after reigning for 45 years as Queen of England. The King became James I of England.

The 1603 unification of the thrones was important because it ended the terrible rivalries between the English and Scottish monarchs. Never again would there be the bloody expeditions of Robert the Bruce or the awful intrigues of Mary Queen of Scots - James I's ill-fated mother. At once James became the most powerful Protestant sovereign in Europe and he gave England a long period of peace with her neighbours.

The obverses of the pattern 2 euro, 1 euro and 5, 2 and 1 cent coins in this collection feature the enthroned monarch in a style similar to that of the Gold Sovereign coins of Elizabeth I and James I. A roseand thistle to the left and right of the throne symbolise the 1603 union of the thrones of England and Scotland.

2) UK celebrates 30 years in Europe 1973-2003

In 1973 the United Kingdom entered the European Common Market. Then the Conservative Party and the Labour Party were split on the issue of whether or not to join, or to remain in, the EEC. Therefore the proposal by the opponents of membership that the public should be allowed to express its opinion by the hitherto un-British device of a referendum was accepted. Two thirds of the electorate voted. There was a majority in favour of staying in Europe.

In 2003 the UK is poised to adopt the Euro, but once again the people of the UK will decide their future within Europe in a referendum. Since its introduction in January 2002, the Euro has proved to be a strong world currency, used daily by several hundred million citizens. Euro coins and banknotes have provided an exciting new focus for collectors in Europe and the rest of the world.

In 1973 the UK accession to hte EC was celebated by the minting of a 50 Pence coin featuring9 clasped hands on the reverse. As a tribute to this coin and to the 30th anniversary of Britain in Europe, the pattern 50 Cent, 20 Cent and 10 Cent coins in this collection have been produced with an updated symbolic 12 clasped hands as part of the design.

2003 may well be remembered as the year when the UK decided to adopt the Euro and replace Pounds and Pence with a completely new coinage series. As the citizens of hte UK become accustomed to the convenient new Eurozone coins, the International Numismatic Agency has minted a set of UK prototypes or patterns. Historically, when great coinage changes occur, patterns or trials are produced to show how a new coinage will look and to familiarise the public with new currency types.

Obverse designs which celebrate the UK's heritage are paired with reverse motifs of a dove, a sailing ship and the scales of justice, to symbolise the European ideals of peace, trade and equality. These designs, produced by noted British sculptor Donald R. Golder, have already been proposed as replacements for the Luc Luycx maps of Europe.

3) 50th Anniversary of the Coronation, 1953-2003

It is now 50 years since the young Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in June 1953. Her Majesty, born in April 1926, has reigned through five decades which have seen momentous changes to the nation and the nation's coinage. Decimalisation and the relocation of the Royal Mint at Llantrisant will only be matched in importance by a changeover to the Euro currency.

The obverse design of the pattern 50 Cent, 20 Cent and 10 Cent coins in this collection is an equestrian representation - a tribute to the 1953 Coronation Crown of 5 Shillings - one of the last century's more famous numismatic masterpieces. The legend 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA' and the date 2003 also appears on all of these coins.

The Golden Hind, the flagship of Sir Francis Drake, the Elizabethan explorer who circumnavigated the world (1577 - 1580), is depected on the reverse of the pattern 2 Euro and1 Euro coins. The famous vessel also appeared on the reverse of the British halfpenny at the time of the Coronation in 1953.

While celebrating the 50 year since the Coronation, this series also looks to the United Kingdom's future - a future which is clearly at the heart of Europe.