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1996 Northern Ireland United Kingdom 1 Pound coin pendant Irish Celtic cross British harp Belfast Derry Saint Patrick's Saltire n002570

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Commemorative issue
Heraldic Emblems series - Northern Ireland

United Kingdom 1 Pound {1996, 2001} 9S

Celtic Cross

front: Broighter collar over a Celtic cross with a pimpernel at its center

The Celtic cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland and Britain in the Early Middle Ages. A type of ringed cross, it became widespread through its use in the stone high crosses erected across the islands, especially in regions evangelized by Irish missionaries, from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

A staple of Insular art, the Celtic cross is essentially a Latin cross with a nimbus surrounding the intersection of the arms and stem. Scholars have debated its exact origins, but it is related to earlier crosses featuring rings. The form gained new popularity during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century; the name "Celtic cross" is a convention dating from that time. The shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland.

back: portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II


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

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Nickel-brass coin
• diameter: 22.5 mm
• weight: 9.5 g
• edge lettering: Milled and inscribed in Latin

Translation: An ornament and a safeguard

• 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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