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Pattern ECU Coins - English

The ECU - European Currency Unit
We have information about pattern ECUs, and links to ECus from other countries on our ECU patterns page.

1992 ECU Patterns
We have recently acquired a small quantity of pattern ECU coins including a number of English 25 ECU's dated 1992. There are two different reverse designs, each sharing the same obverse design. There is also a 5 ECU of the same size which is undated.

English Obverse Design
The obverse design, which we believe was by Raphael Maklouf, shows a globe with a map of Europe edged by twelve stars representing the twelve member states, with Neptune and Europa reaching across the top. The inscription reads:-
EUROPE   EUROPA
ENGLAND

Reverse Designs
St. George and the Dragon
This very English theme shows St. George on horseback, holding a shield bearing the three lions as the arms of England, and killing a dragon with a spear. This reflects the well known design by Benedetto Pistrucci which was adopted on crowns, sovereigns and other coins in 1817, and is still in use today. The inscription reads:-
TWENTY FIVE ECU
1992

The Three Graces
Although the three graces, Faith Hope and Charity have never appeared on a circulating British coin, they have appeared previously on pattern coins. Among their attributes appear a shield bearing the Union Flag, a harp, oak leaf, thistle and a leek. The inscription is as the previous coin.

S.S. Great Britain
Ships and the sea have appeared on many British coins over a long period of time. The reverse of this coin, which shows a value of 5 ECU's shows the Steam Ship Great Britain together with its launch date 1843. The Great Britain was Britain's largest and most powerful ship, and was an engineering masterpiece of its time by the great I.K. Brunel. It was the first propellor driven iron ship to cross the Atlantic, and the forerunner of all modern ocean liners. It is possible that this pattern coin was issued in 1993 for the 150th anniversary of the Great Britain.
The inscription reads:- UNITA TUEAETUR DEUS
S.S. Great Britain 1843
EUROPE   EUROPA

Specifications
DiameterDenominationWeightAlloy
38 mms25 ecu20 gramsCupro-Nickel
38 mms5 ecu20 gramsCupro-Nickel

Prices
DateDenominationTypePrice £Price $
199225 ECUSt. George & Dragon£4.95$7.95
199225 ECUThree Graces£4.95$7.95
19925 ECUS.S. Great Britain£4.95$7.95

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