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1985 United Kingdom Wales Great Britain 1 Pound coin pendant Welsh leek Cardiff Swansea Barry Neath Cwmbran Bridgend Llanelli Prestatyn Cymraeg Saint David's Day Caernarfon Newport Wrexham Cymru Aberystwyth n002400

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Commemorative issue
Royal Diadem series - Wales

United Kingdom 1 Pound {1985-1990} 27

front: A leek, the emblem of Wales, encircled by the Royal Diadem

The leek is the national emblem of Wales. According to legend the patron saint of Wales, Saint David, ordered his Welsh soldiers to identify themselves by wearing the leek on their helmets in an ancient battle against the Saxons that took place in a leek field. The origin is also dramatized in Shakespeare's Henry V when the Welsh captain Fluellen remarked that Welsh soldiers fought a battle "in a garden where leeks did grow" for England in the time of Edward III. It is still worn on St David's Day each March 1.

back: Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the George IV State Diadem


Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)

• quantity 1
• polished Nickel-brass coin
• diameter: 22.5 mm
• weight: 9.5 g
• edge lettering: PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD
translation: True am I to my country

• 24” brass ball chain {2.5mm thick, lightweight 5 g}
• no chain or cord
• 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo}

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