Competition to design reverse of new one pound coin


Discussion by: TaniaBaxide

A  new 12-sided pound coin is to be minted here in Britain. There's going to be a competition for the design of the reverse [tails] of the new coin.

As with all current British coins, the obverse [heads] will carry a Latin inscription whose full form is ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSOR, meaning "Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith". (The inscription will appear in abbreviated form:  ELIZABETH II D G REG F D.)

It strikes me that something secular, sensible and scientific – the antithesis of the above religious Latin – would be appropriate.

I rather fancy a double helix or the Beagle under sail, but what do you think?


  1. It would be nice to see the inscription change too…

    Much as I would like


    I would settle for the more conventional subject matter-


    (Sorry for the schoolboy Latin.)

  2. Britain, with its traditions, is a hopeless case, when it comes to these symbolic matters. “Defensor Fidei”, please note, was a title conferred by the Pope to Henry VIII for defending the Catholic faith against protestant heretics. .

    The maximum which would have a chance of success for the reverse side is ” God save the Queen” , which would be found most appropriate by the establishment, and still be amenable to “different” people with English humour

      • In reply to #6 by Nunbeliever:

        In reply to #4 by SaganTheCat:

        what’s latin for “at least we’ll have a go”?

        According to google translate it’s: “Ibo quidem habebis”

        For those of us not schooled in the classics I highly recommend Latin for All Occasions by Henry Beard where you learn how to impress you friends with such gems as “Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit!” (God! Look at the time! My wife will kill me)

        Well worth a read.

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