The Bishop of St Asaph has presented a cheque of £900 to Ysgol Llanddoged near Llanwrst after signed copies of his “last round pound” coin design were sold to coin- enthusiasts.
The Bishop, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, presented the cheque on behalf of the Chair of Governors at the school, Julie Bassett, who came up with the enterprising fundraising scheme.
Julie, from Llanddoged is a coin collector and spotted the opportunity to raise funds for her local school and church after Bishop Gregory’s commemorative last round pound design was launched by The Royal Mint in May 2016. To date, she’s raised more than £2,100 which has been split between the school, St Grwst Church and St Doged’s Church.
Today (16 October), the day after the round pound went out of circulation, Bishop Gregory joined the staff and children of Ysgol Llanddoged to present the cheque and celebrate harvest thanksgiving.
Julie said: “I’ve sold more than 250 autographed packs of Bishop Gregory’s coin with orders coming from China, Peru, Israel, Australia and America. The largest order was from a collector in Beijing who ordered 33 autographed presentation packs.
“I was delighted that Bishop Gregory was able to be with us at the school today to share our thanksgiving service and chat to the children about his coin design.
“It’s sad to see the round pound go but this is just the end of another chapter in the life of the pound, which first came into existence in 1489. Since then there have been a number of different pound notes and coins”
Bishop Gregory’s last round pound design depicts four royal beasts – the Welsh dragon, the English lion, the Scottish unicorn and a stag for Northern Ireland – around the St Edward’s crown, symbolising Britain’s sovereignty. On its launched, he explained: “In my design, the four heraldic beasts are equal – each has its quarter of the coin. It’s traditional but also modern as there is quite a strong sense of line. There is also some cross-over – parts of each beast cross over into the next – the dragon’s wing, for example, crosses into the lion’s quarter. That makes it more dynamic and also symbolic as it shows four separate nations, all an equal part, yet interlinked as they protect Britain’s sovereignty, the Crown. As a Welshman, I put my initials GKC under the dragon.”
The round pound was first introduced in 1983, replacing the pound note, and since then there have been 25 different designs. The 12-sided pound coin was launched earlier this year.
You can find out more about the autographed last round pound packs on ebay.