|BCC102||300th Anniversary of the Act of Union Coin Cover, unsigned||£22.50||Buy Now|
|BCC102S||300th Anniversary of the Act of Union Coin Cover, signed by David Steel||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BCC102SP||300th Anniversary of the Act of Union Coin Cover, signed by Tony Blair||£150.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 01/05/2007
Issue Name: 300th Anniversary of the Act of Union Coin Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 2nd cover in our Coin Series. Scotland and England: United for 300 Years. The "Kingdom of Great Britain" was born on 1st May 1707. The Acts of Unions passed by the Parliaments of England and Scotland officially merged the two countries into one state. Ever since Elizabeth I died in 1603, leaving her thrown to the Scottish King James VI (he became the English James I), Scotland and England had shared a monarch. But they had retained sovereign parliaments. Of course, in 1999, Scotland got her own (devolved) parliament once again!
To mark the 300th anniversary of Great Britain, we created something beyond special. If you have a interest in British history, don't miss this stunning coin cover. Each is genuinely postmarked twice on the 2 significant dates: 16th January 2007 (The Treaty of Union was passed), and 1st May 2007 (the commemcement of the Treaty). It is available signed by Scottish politician David Steel, or ex Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Creation of Great Britain - Act of Union 1707
Queen Anne came to the throne in 1702, when the Crowns of England and Scotland had been united for just a century, but in other respects the two kingdoms remained independent. This was an unprofitable situation for both; the two countries could not pursue one common policy either in commerce or diplomacy. Scottish enterprise suffered from having no free marked across the border. There was also the worry that if Queen Anne died without issue, Scotland might decide on James Stuart as the next monarch, which could easily lead to him being the King of England too. With him would come Cathlocism and religious tension throughout the British Isles. It was therefore esential to obtain, during the lifetime of the Queen, an incorporating Union which would merge the kingdom of Scotland and the kingdom of England in on United Kingdom of Great Britain.
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David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood, KT, KBE, PC is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He began his career in the Liberal Party, serving as the party's final leader from 1976 to 1988.
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He was Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 1997. As of 2017, Blair is the last UK Labour Party leader to have won a general election.