2005 Menai Bridge £1 Coin

Celebrate transportation and pathways of progress with this specially designed 2005 Menai Bridge £1 coin. It is part of a 4-part series that feature bridges and engineering feats located in the United Kingdom.

Add one of the specially designed £1 coins that symbolize bridges and pathways to your collection. This one represents Wales.

How Much Is The 2005 Menai Bridge £1 Coin Worth?

If you have a Menai Bridge £1 coin in good condition, it holds an estimated value of £1.63 according to the most recent sold values on eBay. As with any coin, the 2005 round pound coin’s value is somewhat determined by how many coins were minted as well as the condition the coin is in.

There were 99,429,500 Menai Bridge £1 coins minted making it the most minted of the four-part series.

Buying or selling online through eBay is a quick and easy way to locate coins to add to your collection or to sell. Just make sure you do your homework first, so you know exactly what you are considering buying.

If you want to browse uncirculated coins then be sure to check out the Royal Mint’s online store.

Design Of The Menai Bridge £1 Coin

Menai Bridge £1 Coin Reverse Design
Menai Bridge £1 Coin Design – Credit

The 2005 Menai Bridge coin is part of the £1 round coins that were issued each year with a special reverse design to represent an emblem of one of the constituents to the UK. The reverse design in a four-part series starting in 2004 depicted a decorative feature that represented bridges and pathways of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England.

This 2005 coin represents Wales and its Menai Suspension Bridge surrounded by railings and stanchions. The initials EE are of the designer and found incuse in the left base of the bridge.

This series kicked off in 2004 with the Forth Railway Bridge £1 coin. The following year, 2005, it would feature the Menai Straits Bridge to represent Wales. In 2006, the coin represented Northern Ireland with the Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge. Finally, the coin featured the Millennium Bridge to represent England in 2007.

The special bridges coins were part of the round £1 coins.

The British £1 coin is a denomination of the pound sterling. The original £1 coin replaced the Bank of England £1 note that was no longer issued after 1984 but was not removed from circulation until March 11, 1988. The £1 coin is 22.50 millimetres in diameter and weighs 9.50 grams in Nickel-brass alloy with a thickness of 3.15 mm. The round pounds have a distinct yellow colour.

After 2017, when the £1 coins were redesigned to be a 12-edge shape, the older £1 coins could only be redeemed at banks. For a limited time, some retailers would also accept them. Today, collectors enjoy finding any that were not returned to the Royal Mint to be melted down.

Like other round pounds, the edge of the coin is milled to protect the coin from debasement. Unlike most £1 coins, the 2005 Menai Bridge £1 coin does not include the small crosslet mintmark or an inscription of words.

The edge of the 2005 Menai Bridge £1 coin is a milled edge that includes an incuse decorative feature that symbolized bridges and pathways. Around the edge are two pathways that intersect each other several times in almost an infinity or figure-8 pattern all the way around the coin.

Wales was first represented on the £1 round coin in 1985 and again in 1990 with the leek design. Wales was then represented with a Dragon in 1995 and 2000. In 2011, Wales would be represented on the £1 coin with the Coat of arms of Cardiff. Finally, in 2013, Wales would be represented with the leek and daffodil.

Wales has not been represented on the coin since the £1 coin changed to be a 12-sided, bi-metallic coin in 2017.

The obverse of the 2005 Menai Bridge coin is the design of Ian Rank-Broadley. This new designer was more of a realist than the previous designer and not afraid to show the queen looking a bit more mature. He also made the image as large as he could.

He depicted Her Majesty wearing the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” diamond tiara. The tiara was a wedding gift from Queen Mary, her grandmother, in 1947. The inscription surrounding her portrait was ELIZABETH II D.G. REG.F.D. followed by the minting year. Translated, the inscription means Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith. The designer’s initials IRB are seen directly under the neckline of the image.

What Does The Coin Represent?

As the name implies, the design pays homage to the Menai Straits Bridge. It was the world’s first major suspension bridge that was completed in 1826 to span the Menai Strait between the Island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. The bridge was designed by Thomas Telford.

The bridge is mentioned in the book, Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. It is found in an extract from the poem, I’ll Tell Thee Everything I Can. The quote says, “I heard him then, for I had just completed my design to keep the Menai Bridge from rust by boiling it in wine.”

The Menai Strait was formed by glacial erosion along with a weak point in the Menai Strait Fault System. The only way to reach the Island of Anglesey is to cross the strait. The journey has always been dangerous since there are four daily tides that flow in two directions to form very strong currents and whirlpools capable of sinking boats.

In spite of the danger, ferries operated along the Menai Strait centuries ago. In 1785, a boat carrying 55 passengers ran aground and started to sink. Before a rescue boat could reach it, the vessel sank leaving only one survivor.

Looking for a safer option of transportation, Thomas Telford began surveying the route from London to Holyhead. He concluded that the best option was to build a bridge over the Menai Strait. He had to build the bridge high enough for ships to pass underneath. He determined that a suspension bridge would be the best option. Parliament accepted his proposal.

Construction on the bridge began in 1819 with two towers made out of limestone from Penmon. Chains and 935 bars of iron long enough to support the 176-meter, 477 foot-long bridge were then installed. Since iron can rust, they were first soaked in linseed oil and then painted. The chains were 522.3 meters or 1,714-feet long and weighed 121 tons. The bridge was open for traffic on January 30, 1826.

On the path that goes under the bridge, there is a memorial to the Aberfan disaster victims.

After several years, it was determined that the road that went over the bridge was not safe since there were strong winds. So, workers reinforced the bridge in 1840 replacing the wooden road with steel and wrought iron chains.

Menai Straits Bridge Coin Designer

The Menai Straits Bridge coin celebrates excellence in British engineering. The image on the reverse side was designed by Edwina Ellis.

Edwina Ellis was a designer engraver and creative printmaker. She pioneered engraving on homopolymer resins. She designed the bridge series of £1 coins with linocut. Linocut is a design or form carved in relief on a block of linoleum.

She is also the designer of the special series of bridges and pathways round pound coin reverse sides. Edwina has designed 14 coins for the Royal Mint.

One of Edwina’s designs is the Stephen Hawking Fifty Pence of 2019 in which a 3D effect was produced. Edwina also designed:

  • a 2017 Christmas coin
  • the London Transport Two-Pound 2013 coin which was drawn on an iPad
  • a First World War technology commemorative set
  • a 2018 Armistice coin
  • all four of the 4-part bridge series of round pounds.

Edwina is originally from Australia and enjoys trying new things and keeping active. She took up inline skating when she was 69 and continued skating into her 70s.