This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Brunel.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born on 9th April 1806 and died 15th September 1859. His father taught him how to draw from a very young age, as well as some basic engineering concepts. His constructions were often revolutionary in the engineering world, with Brunel creating the first propeller-driven steamship to cross the Atlantic. Brunel also built many bridges and tunnels, as well as dockyards and the Great Western Railway.
In 2006, 200 years since his birth, two coins were issued. This one shows Brunel in the foreground, and the Royal Albert Bridge in the background – one of his achievements - which is surrounded by chains with the denomination and year. The edge inscription states "1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL ENGINEER". This reverse design is by Rod Kelly, coupled with the obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley.
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is arguably Britain's greatest engineer and during a career that spanned more than thirty years he used his amazing inventiveness and considerable talent in a multitude of engineering fields. Today, his many achievements are still highly regarded and his status as a truly great Briton is indisputable.
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