Shamrock back

David Fiddimore (Letters, 20 March) comments on the likely value of the proposed new £1 coin after the UK terminates. It interests me that the shamrock is included in the “four nations” symbolism – shamrock is generally thought to represent Ireland as a whole.

When the UK Supreme Court was set up recently, a flax plant, which few could recognise, was used to represent Northern Ireland.

Has the attempt to replace shamrock with flax in the floral symbolism of the United Kingdom been abandoned?

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DAVID STEVENSON

Blacket Place

Edinburgh