Celebrate transportation and pathways of progress with the 2006 Egyptian arch bridge £1 representing Northern Ireland. Add one of the specially designed £1 coins that symbolize bridges and pathways to your collection.
How Much Is The 2006 Egyptian Arch Bridge £1 Coin Worth?
If you have a 2006 Egyptian Arch Bridge £1 coin in circulated condition, it holds an estimated value of £2.02.
As with any coin, the 2006 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 38,938,000 Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge £1 coins minted.
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Design Of The Egyptian Arch Bridge £1 Coin
The 2006 Egyptian Arch Bridge coin is part of the £1 round coins that were issued each year which featured a special reverse design to represent an emblem of one of the four constituents to the UK.
The reverse design in a four-part series starting in 2004 that depicted a decorative feature to represent bridges and pathways of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England.
This 2006 coin represents Northern Ireland and its Egyptian Arch Bridge. The bridge is pictured on the coin surrounded by railway station canopy dags around the rim. The words ONE POUND are centred at the bottom. The designer’s initials EE are hidden in the brickwork of the right base of the bridge.
This bridges series kicked off in 2004 with the Forth Railway Bridge 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 bridges coins were part of the round £1 coins. The British £1 coin is a denomination of the pound sterling.
The original £1 coin was issued in 1983 to replace 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 metal is a specific colour of yellow.
In 2016, a new 12-sided £1 bi-metallic coin was introduced that was issued in 2017. The round pounds are no longer legal tender but are highly collectable. After 2017, the older £1 coins could only be redeemed at banks.
Like other round pounds, the edge of the coin is milled to protect the coin from debasement or counterfeiting. Unlike most £1 coins, the 2006 Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge £1 coin does not include the small crosslet mintmark or an inscription of words.
The edge of the 2006 Egyptian Arch Railway 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 curve to intersect each other several times all the way around the coin.
The obverse of the 2006 Egyptian Arch Railway 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.
Northern Ireland was first represented on the £1 round coin in 1986 and 1991 with the flax plant. It was again represented in 1996 and 2001 with the Celtic Cross and Torch.
In 2010, Northern Ireland was represented on the £1 with the Coat of Arms of Belfast. Finally, in 2014, Northern Ireland was represented on the round pound with an image of flax and shamrock.
Northern Ireland has not been represented on the coin since the £1 coin changed to be a 12-sided, bi-metallic coin in 2017.
What Does The Coin Represent?
As the name implies, the design pays homage to the Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge. It was completed in 1851 for the Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway Company. It was the work of a collaboration between engineer Sir John Macneill and constructor William Dargan.
Locals refer to it as the Egyptian Arch or MacNeill’s Egyptian Arch. The Egyptian Arch is named after the headdress worn by Ancient Egyptian pharaohs.
It is located about two miles from the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and less than one mile along the line from the 18 Arches viaduct also called the Craigmore Viaduct.
The bridge is also the spot where the Egyptian Arch Ambush took place on December 13, 1920.
Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge Coin Designer
The Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge coin celebrates excellence in British engineering. The image on the reverse side was designed by Edwina Ellis.
Edwina Ellis was a very creative designer engraver and 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.
Edwina is originally from Australia. She has kept active even into what should be her golden years. She took up inline skating when she was 69 and continued skating into her 70s.
She was also the designer of the special series of bridges and pathways round pound coin reverse sides.
All in all, Edwina has designed 14 coins for the Royal Mint including:
- Stephen Hawking Fifty Pence of 2019 in which a 3D effect was produced
- 2017 Christmas Coin
- London Transport £2 2013 coin which was drawn on an iPad
- First World War technology commemorative set
- 2018 Armistice coin
- All four of the 4-part bridge series of round pounds.