Poll: What is your favourite £1 Coin Design? – Northern Ireland

n-i-one-pound-coinsAs part of the Great One Pound Coin Race, we want to find out Britain’s ultimate favourite £1 coin.

Last week we asked you to vote for your favourite Scottish £1 coin design – over 30% of Change Checkers voted for the 2011 Edinburgh £1.

This week we want to know your favourite Northern Irish £1 coin design.

Let us know by voting in our poll below:

More information about the Northern Ireland £1 coin designs

N.I: Flax

The N.I Flax £1 was issued in 1986 and 1991.


The first reverse design series of £1 coins took floral emblems as its theme to represent the United Kingdom and its four constituent countries. They were designed by Leslie Durbin – one of the most highly-regarded silversmiths of the 20th Century. The Flax plant is used on this coin to represent Northern Ireland.


N.I: Celtic Cross

The N.I Celtic Cross £1 was issued in 1996 and 2001.


The second series of £1 coin designs used heraldic emblems to represent the United Kingdom and its four constituent countries. This coin features the Broighter collar over a Celtic Cross to represent Northern Ireland. The Broighter collar was discovered in 1896 amongst a hoard of gold Iron Age artefacts near Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland, and is said to be the finest example of Irish La Tène goldworking in Europe.


N.I: Egyptian Railway Arch Bridge

The N.I Egyptian Railway Arch Bridge £1 was issued in 2006.

The third series of £1 coin designs depicts bridges from each of the four consituent countries in the United Kingdom. This coin features the Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge to represent Northern Ireland. The Egyptian Arch is a railway bridge in Newry, Northern Ireland which gained its name from its resemblance to the headdress worn by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs.


N.I: Belfast City

The Belfast City £1 was issued in 2010


The fourth series of £1 coins used the capital cities of the four constituent countries as the basis of the reverse design. Designed by Stuart Devlin, Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Queen, this coin depicts the circular Coat of Arms of Belfast as the principal focus to represent Northern Ireland.


N.I: Flax and Shamrock

The Flax and Shamrock £1 was issued in 2014


The fifth series of £1 coin designs uses pairs of floral emblems designed by Timothy Noad to represent the United Kingdom and its four constituent countries. This coin features a flax alongside a shamrock to represent Northern Ireland.

Next week- Part 4: What’s your favourite Welsh £1 coin design?

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  1. Michael williams on March 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Celtic cross us a lovely design

  2. common phenomenon on March 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    The Commonwealth Games 2002 pound coin with the Red Hand of Ulster.

    Sent from my toothbrush.

  3. ian paterson on March 8, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    The £1 Flax

    Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

  4. Olegs on March 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Nice coin