This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Brunel and honour his achievements.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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Brunel was an excellent British engineer, responsible for the design and creation of many bridges, ships, tunnels, and the Great Western Railway. His projects were often innovative, such as using a different width of train track (broad gauge) for the Great Western Railway because he had calculated it was the optimum size for both speed and passenger comfort. That was the level of detail he went into to create the engineering that is still admired today.
This is one of two coins issued in 2006 to celebrate 200 years since Brunel's birth, with this one celebrating his work. The reverse, designed by Robert Evans, shows a roof section of Paddington Station – an important part of the Great Western Railway. The edge inscription "SO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE" is a reminder of how busy Brunel was, and is used with the 4th portrait obverse design by Ian Rank-Broadley.
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He was passionate about what he did, often working 18 hour days. He would oversee all aspects of the projects he was involved in and would happily roll up his sleeves with his team of labourers and carry out many physical tasks. He would not expect hi colleges to undertake any job that he himself was not willing to do. Determined, enthusiastic and full of energy, he was known to have the ability to lead and inspire those around him.
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No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.