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DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR FIFTY PENCE COINS COMMEMORATING THE TWO-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AT KEW

Elizabeth R.

 

Whereas under section 3(1)a), B), c), cc), d) and dd) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and fineness of certain gold coins, the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and their least current weight, and to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and to determine the percentage of impurities which such coins may contain:

 

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, there should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of fifty pence in gold, in silver and in cupro-nickel:

 

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)a), B), c), cc), d) and dd), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

 

GOLD COIN

 

1. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 15.5 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

 

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.065 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said millesimal fineness of two per mille.

 

(3) The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 15.4 grammes.

 

STANDARD SILVER COIN

 

2. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.075 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

SILVER PIEDFORT COIN

 

3. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 16 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.095 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

CUPRO-NICKEL COIN

 

4. (1) A new coin of cupro-nickel of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

 

(2) In the making of the said cupro-nickel coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.045 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of two per centum copper and two per centum nickel.

 

(3) The said cupro-nickel coin may contain impurities of three-quarters of one per centum.

 

DESIGN OF THE COINS

 

5. The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D” and the denomination “FIFTY PENCE”, and for the reverse a design showing the pagoda, a building strongly associated with Kew, encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates “1759” and “2009”, with the word “KEW” at the base of the pagoda. The coins shall have a plain edge’.

 

6. This Proclamation shall come into force on the tenth day of October Two thousand and eight.

 

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eight and in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

 

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGNS FOR A NEW SERIES OF ONE-HUNDRED-POUND, FIFTY-POUND, TWENTY-FIVE-POUND AND TEN-POUND GOLD COINS; AND A NEW SERIES OF TWO-POUND, ONE POUND, FIFTY PENCE AND TWENTY PENCE SILVER COINS

ELIZABETH R.

 

Whereas under section 3(1)a), B), c), cc) and d) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and fineness of certain gold coins, the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and their least current weight, and to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins:

 

And Whereas under section 3(1)(ff) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to direct that any coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount:

 

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that there should be made at Our Mint a new series of coins of the denominations of one hundred pounds, fifty pounds, twenty-five pounds and ten pounds in gold, and a new series of coins of the denominations of two pounds, one pound, fifty pence and twenty pence in silver:

 

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)a), B), c), cc), d) and (ff), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

 

ONE-HUNDRED-POUND COIN

 

1. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of one hundred pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 34.05 grammes, a standard diameter of 32.69 millimetres, a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.081 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said millesimal fineness of one per mille.

 

(3) The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 33.835 grammes.

 

(4) The design of the said gold coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 100 · POUNDS · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “ONE OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

FIFTY-POUND COIN

 

2. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of fifty pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 17.025 grammes, a standard diameter of 27 millimetres, a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.04 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said millesimal fineness of one per mille.

 

(3) The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 16.918 grammes.

 

(4) The design of the said gold coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 50 · POUNDS · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “1/2 OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

TWENTY-FIVE-POUND COIN

 

3. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of twenty-five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8.513 grammes, a standard diameter of 22 millimetres, a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.02 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said millesimal fineness of one per mille.

 

(3) The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 8.459 grammes.

 

(4) The design of the said gold coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 25 · POUNDS · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “1/4 OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

TEN-POUND COIN

 

4. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of ten pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 3.412 grammes, a standard diameter of 16.5 millimetres, a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.015 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said millesimal fineness of one per mille.

 

(3) The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 3.384 grammes.

 

(4) The design of the said gold coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 10 · POUNDS · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “1/10 OUNCE FINE GOLD BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

TWO-POUND COIN

 

5. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 32.454 grammes, a standard diameter of 40 millimetres, a standard composition of 958.4 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.14 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The design of the said silver coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 2 · POUNDS · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “ONE OUNCE FINE SILVER BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

ONE POUND COIN

 

6. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of one pound shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 16.227 grammes, a standard diameter of 27 millimetres, a standard composition of 958.4 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.095 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The design of the said silver coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 1 · POUND · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “1/2 OUNCE FINE SILVER BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

FIFTY PENCE COIN

 

7. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8.114 grammes, a standard diameter of 22 millimetres, a standard composition of 958.4 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.055 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The design of the said silver coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 50 · PENCE · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “1/4 OUNCE FINE SILVER BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

TWENTY PENCE COIN

 

8. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of twenty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 3.246 grammes, a standard diameter of 16.5 millimetres, a standard composition of 958.4 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.04 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The design of the said silver coin shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · FID · DEF”, and the value of “ · 20 · PENCE · ”, and for the reverse a seated figure of Britannia set against the background of a rippling Union Flag. The reverse design is accompanied by the words “1/10 OUNCE FINE SILVER BRITANNIA” and the date of the year. The coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

9. This Proclamation shall come into force on the tenth day of October Two thousand and eight.

 

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eight and in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

 

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR FIVE-POUND COINS COMMEMORATING THE FIVE-HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACCESSION OF KING HENRY VIII

 

Elizabeth r.

 

Whereas under section 3(1)a), B), cc), d) and dd) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in making such coins and to determine the percentage of impurities which such coins may contain:

 

And Whereas under section 3(1)(f) and (ff) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to direct that coins made at Our Mint other than gold, silver, cupro-nickel and bronze coins shall be current and that any coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount:

 

And Whereas under section 6(2) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to prescribe the composition of the standard trial plates to be used for determining the justness of coins of any metal other than gold, silver or cupro-nickel:

 

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the five-hundredth anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII, there should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of five pounds in platinum, in gold, in silver and in cupro-nickel:

 

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)a), B), cc), d), dd), (f) and (ff), the said section 6(2), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

 

PLATINUM PIEDFORT COIN

 

1. (1) A new coin of platinum of the denomination of five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 94.2 grammes, a standard diameter of 38.608 millimetres, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said platinum coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight or diameter specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.8 grammes; and

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin.

 

(3) The said platinum coin may contain impurities of three-tenths of one per centum.

 

(4) The said platinum coin shall be current and shall be legal tender for payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

(5) The composition of the standard trial plates to be used for determining the justness of the said platinum coin shall be pure platinum.

 

GOLD COIN

 

2. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard diameter of 38.608 millimetres, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a variation from the said standard diameter of not more than 0.125 millimetres per coin shall be allowed.

 

SILVER COIN

 

3. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 28.276 grammes, a standard diameter of 38.608 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.13 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

SILVER PIEDFORT COIN

 

4. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 56.552 grammes, a standard diameter of 38.608 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.215 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

CUPRO-NICKEL COIN

 

5. (1) A new coin of cupro-nickel of the denomination of five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 28.276 grammes, a standard diameter of 38.608 millimetres, a standard composition of seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and being circular in shape.

 

(2) In the making of the said cupro-nickel coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.13 grammes;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition of two per centum copper and two per centum nickel.

 

(3) The said cupro-nickel coin may contain impurities of three-quarters of one per centum.

 

(4) The said cupro-nickel coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

DESIGN OF THE COINS

 

6. The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · ” and the date “2009”, and for the reverse a design inspired by a Holbein painting of King Henry VIII, set within a tressure and surrounded by the inscription “· THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII 1509 ·” and the denomination “FIVE POUNDS”. The platinum, gold and silver coins will have a plain edge and in incuse letters the inscription “ROSA SINE SPINA · ”, while the cupro-nickel coin will have a graining upon the edge’.

 

7. This Proclamation shall come into force on the tenth day of October Two thousand and eight.

 

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eight and in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

 

 

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR TWO-POUND COINS COMMEMORATING THE TWO-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF ROBERT BURNS

ELIZABETH R.

 

Whereas under section 3(1)a), B), cc), d) and dd) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and to determine the percentage of impurities which such coins may contain:

 

And Whereas under section 3(1)(f) and (ff) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to direct that coins made at Our Mint other than gold, silver, cupro-nickel and bronze coins shall be current and that any coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount:

 

And Whereas under section 6(2) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to prescribe the composition of the standard trial plates to be used for determining the justness of coins of any metal other than gold, silver or cupro-nickel:

 

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, there should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of two pounds in gold, in silver, and in cupro-nickel and nickel-brass, having joined concentric inner and outer sections, being in gold with a different coloured gold outer section, in silver with a gold-plated outer section and in cupro-nickel and nickel-brass with a cupro-nickel inner section and a nickel-brass outer section:

 

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)a), B), cc), d), dd), (f) and (ff), the said section 6(2), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

 

GOLD COIN

 

1. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, being circular in shape and having joined concentric inner and outer sections.

 

(2) Without prejudice to section 1(2) of the Coinage Act 1971, the inner and outer sections may consist of different alloys.

 

(3) In the making of the said gold coin a variation from the said standard diameter of not more than 0.125 millimetres per coin shall be allowed.

 

(4) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

SILVER COIN

 

2. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight (including the gold plate) of 12 grammes, a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, a standard composition (excluding the gold plate) of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, being circular in shape, and having joined concentric inner and outer sections, the outer section being plated with fine gold of a standard weight of plating of 0.065 grammes.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.095 grammes for the inner and outer sections;

 

B) a variation from the said standard weight of plating of an amount per coin of 0.045 grammes;

 

c) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

d) in relation to those parts of the coin other than the gold plating, a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

SILVER PIEDFORT COIN

 

3. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight (including the gold plate) of 24 grammes, a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, a standard composition (excluding the gold plate) of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, being circular in shape, and having joined concentric inner and outer sections, the outer section being plated with fine gold of a standard weight of plating of 0.085 grammes.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.145 grammes for the inner and outer sections;

 

B) a variation from the said standard weight of plating of an amount per coin of 0.045 grammes;

 

c) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

d) in relation to those parts of the coin other than the gold plating, a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

CUPRO-NICKEL AND NICKEL-BRASS COIN

 

4. (1) A new coin of cupro-nickel and nickel-brass of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 12 grammes, a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, being circular in shape and having joined concentric inner and outer sections, with a standard composition as to the inner section of seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and as to the outer section of seventy-six per centum copper, four per centum nickel and twenty per centum zinc.

 

(2) In the making of the said cupro-nickel and nickel-brass coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.1 grammes for the inner and outer sections;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition as to the inner section of two per centum copper and two per centum nickel, and as to the outer section of two per centum copper, three-quarters of one per centum nickel and two per centum zinc.

 

(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

(4) The inner and outer sections of the said coin may contain impurities of three-quarters of one per centum.

 

(5) The said cupro-nickel and nickel-brass coin shall be current and shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

(6) The composition of the standard trial plates to be used for determining the justness of the nickel-brass outer section of the said coin shall be pure copper, pure nickel and pure zinc.

 

DESIGN OF THE COINS

 

5. The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ · ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · ” and the date “2009”, and for the reverse a design featuring a quote from the song Auld Lang Syne, “WE’LL TAK A CUP A’ KINDNESS YET, FOR AULD LANG SYNE”, the calligraphy of which is based on the handwriting of Robert Burns. The reverse design is surrounded by the inscription “1759 ROBERT BURNS 1796” and the denomination “TWO POUNDS”. The said coins will have a graining upon the edge and in incuse letters the inscription “SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT · ”, save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge’.

 

6. This Proclamation shall come into force on the tenth day of October Two thousand and eight.

 

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eight and in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

 

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR TWO-POUND COINS COMMEMORATING THE BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF CHARLES DARWIN AND THE ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

ELIZABETH R.

 

Whereas under section 3(1)a), B), cc), d) and dd) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and to determine the percentage of impurities which such coins may contain:

 

And Whereas under section 3(1)(f) and (ff) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to direct that coins made at Our Mint other than gold, silver, cupro-nickel and bronze coins shall be current and that any coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount:

 

And Whereas under section 6(2) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to prescribe the composition of the standard trial plates to be used for determining the justness of coins of any metal other than gold, silver or cupro-nickel:

 

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, there should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of two pounds in gold, in silver, and in cupro-nickel and nickel-brass, having joined concentric inner and outer sections, being in gold with a different coloured gold outer section, in silver with a gold-plated outer section and in cupro-nickel and nickel-brass with a cupro-nickel inner section and a nickel-brass outer section:

 

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)a), B), cc), d), dd), (f) and (ff), the said section 6(2), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

 

GOLD COIN

 

1. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, being circular in shape and having joined concentric inner and outer sections.

 

(2) Without prejudice to section 1(2) of the Coinage Act 1971, the inner and outer sections may consist of different alloys.

 

(3) In the making of the said gold coin a variation from the said standard diameter of not more than 0.125 millimetres per coin shall be allowed.

 

(4) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

SILVER COIN

 

2. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight (including the gold plate) of 12 grammes, a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, a standard composition (excluding the gold plate) of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, being circular in shape, and having joined concentric inner and outer sections, the outer section being plated with fine gold of a standard weight of plating of 0.065 grammes.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.095 grammes for the inner and outer sections;

 

B) a variation from the said standard weight of plating of an amount per coin of 0.045 grammes;

 

c) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

d) in relation to those parts of the coin other than the gold plating, a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

SILVER PIEDFORT COIN

 

3. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight (including the gold plate) of 24 grammes, a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, a standard composition (excluding the gold plate) of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, being circular in shape, and having joined concentric inner and outer sections, the outer section being plated with fine gold of a standard weight of plating of 0.085 grammes.

 

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.145 grammes for the inner and outer sections;

 

B) a variation from the said standard weight of plating of an amount per coin of 0.045 grammes;

 

c) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

d) in relation to those parts of the coin other than the gold plating, a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

 

(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

CUPRO-NICKEL AND NICKEL-BRASS COIN

 

4. (1) A new coin of cupro-nickel and nickel-brass of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 12 grammes, a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, being circular in shape and having joined concentric inner and outer sections, with a standard composition as to the inner section of seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and as to the outer section of seventy-six per centum copper, four per centum nickel and twenty per centum zinc.

 

(2) In the making of the said cupro-nickel and nickel-brass coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

 

a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.1 grammes for the inner and outer sections;

 

B) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

 

c) a variation from the said standard composition as to the inner section of two per centum copper and two per centum nickel, and as to the outer section of two per centum copper, three-quarters of one per centum nickel and two per centum zinc.

 

(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.

 

(4) The inner and outer sections of the said coin may contain impurities of three-quarters of one per centum.

 

(5) The said cupro-nickel and nickel-brass coin shall be current and shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

 

(6) The composition of the standard trial plates to be used for determining the justness of the nickel-brass outer section of the said coin shall be pure copper, pure nickel and pure zinc.

 

DESIGN OF THE COINS

 

5. The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

 

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · ”, and for the reverse a design showing a portrait of Charles Darwin facing an ape surrounded by the inscription “1809 DARWIN 2009” and the denomination “TWO POUNDS”. The said coins will have a graining upon the edge and in incuse letters the inscription “ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1859 · ”, save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge’.

 

6. This Proclamation shall come into force on the tenth day of October Two thousand and eight.

 

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eight and in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

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Did I ever mention that I'm illiterate? My dog does the typing for me and reads out loud to me too.

 

Sadly, he's out in the backyard now so I can't read all of that. Anyone want to pare that down a bit???

 

 

Also... I think you win for the longest post ever.

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Rabbie Burns would be turning in his mausoleum at the thought he was going to be immortalised on a British coin! :ninja:

 

Was expecting a portrait, but oh well!

 

Darwin and Burns are two great figures and I look forward to seeing them in my change.

 

Incidentally the Darwin specification is rather flawed... didn't they bother to read the book!! Like us all, Charles Darwin IS an ape! They should be more specific!! ;)

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