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Coin type: One Pound (Royal Arms)

By 1980 it had become apparent that with the general decline in purchasing power, the £1 unit of currency was more appropriate to a coin than a banknote. After consultation with many groups including retailers and special interest groups, the Government announced on 31 July 1981 that a new £1 coin that was to be issued on 21 April 1983. Since its launch the £1 has always represented the United Kingdom and its constituent parts; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The £1 coin in base metal, nickel-brass was introduced in 1983, as a replacement for the £1 banknote. The reverse design of the first £1 coin showed a detailed and intricate depiction of the Royal Coat of Arms. Designed by Eric Sewell, Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint, it has become one of the most famous images on British coinage. The coin’s edge inscription is in Latin "DECUS ET TUTAMEN" which may be translated as an "ornament to safeguard".

The coin is made of Nickel-Brass , with composition of 70% copper, 5.5% nickel and 24.5% zinc.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofOne Pound Sub-types
Face value1 (x Pound)
Years produced1983 - ? CurrentYes
MaterialNickel Brass DesignerEric Sewell
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.5000 Thickness (mm)3.1500
Mass (g)9.5000

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin).

Obverse inscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch

Royal Arms representing the United Kingdom. In its standard variant used outside of Scotland, the shield is quartered, depicting in the first and fourth quarters the three passant guardant lions of England; in the second, the rampant lion and double tressure flory-counterflory of Scotland; and in the third, a harp for Ireland. The crest is a statant guardant lion wearing the St Edward's Crown, himself on another representation of that crown. The dexter supporter is a likewise crowned English lion; the sinister, a Scottish unicorn. In the ground below, a thistle, Tudor rose and shamrock are depicted, representing Scotland, England and Ireland respectively. The motto of English monarchs, "Dieu et mon Droit" (God and my Right), which has descended to the present royal family is in a ribbon below, while a Garter circlet which surrounds the shield is inscribed with the Order of the Garter's motto, "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (Shame on he who thinks evil).

Around below is the denomination, ONE POUND.

Reverse inscriptionONE POUND
EdgeInscribed Edge inscriptionDECUS ET TUTAMEN
List of 5 coins of type: One Pound (Royal Arms) from United Kingdom
One Pound 1983 444,287,810 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
One Pound 1993 114,867,525 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
One Pound 1998 159,862 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1998
One Pound 2003 61,753,012 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2003
One pound 2008 (Royal Arms) 3,910,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
One Pound (Royal Arms): Some useful external links
1983 Royal Arms One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint