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"Give Women the Vote"
In 2003, the Royal Mint issued a three coin set containing the two pound, one pound and fifty pence coin from that year.
Obverse - Fourth Portrait
All 2003 coins carried the fourth portrait obverse design by Ian Rank-Broadley.
British Public Women's Suffrage Design
In 2003, fifty pence coins will be issued featuring a special design commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the WSPU and the campaign for women's suffrage.
Suffragette chained to lamp post, holding a "WSPU" banner, alongside a placard saying "Give Women the Vote".
2003 One Pound Coin
The year 2003 saw the return of the Royal Arms design used on the original one pound coin which entered circulation on 21st April 1993.
The reverse of the coin shows the Royal Arms, and it is appropriate that it should feature on one of the nation's premier coins.
Queen Elizabeth II is a direct descendant of the Sovereigns of England, of Ireland and of Scotland. Accordingly Her Majesty is head of the oldest continuing Royal Lines in Christendom. As the embodiment of the Sovereignty of those countries, Her Majesty quarters their historic Arms.
The Royal Arms achieved their present form upon the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 and have remained essentially the same ever since.
This design was used on the original pound coin in 1983, and was also used in 1993, each time with a different portrait on the obverse of the coin.
The edge is not only milled but also inscribed. The inscription in Latin reads:-
DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Which may be translated as "an ornament and a safeguard". This inscription dates back to the first machine-struck coins minted in 1662 and was a device to prevent "clipping".
DNA 2003 Two Pounds Coin
The two pound coin for 2003 commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid).
The Fourth Portrait
The fourth of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank Broadley, FRBS, FSNAD, whose initials IRB appear under the head, as used on all British coins from 1998.
The reverse, according to the Royal Mint, shows a celebration of the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule, by John Mills. We presume they mean the design or engraving was by John Mills, not the discovery of DNA.
DNA DOUBLE HELIX
1953 TWO POUNDS 2003
|Fifty Pence||27.30||16.00||Silver||0.925 Silver||0.4758|
|One Pound||22.50||19||Silver||0.925 Silver||0.5650|
|Two Pounds||28.40||15.98||Silver||0.925 Silver||0.7137|
|Complete Set||41.46||Silver||0.925 Silver||1.7545|
2003 Silver Proof Piedfort Three Coin Set
|1||£60.00||Call to check availability|
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