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Coin: One Pound 1998
Description

Issued in Royal Mint coins sets only (96,192 in uncirculated sets plus 36,907 in standard proof sets and 26,763 proofs in a red leather case), not for general circulation.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeOne Pound (Royal Arms)
Year1998 CurrentYes
Mintage159,862 (159862)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 159,862 (159862)
MaterialNickel Brass DesignerEric Sewell
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.5000 Thickness (mm)3.1500
Mass (g)9.5000
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1998. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 1998.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1998
Reverse

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
Notes

DECUS ET TUTAMEN means "An ornament and a safeguard", a quote from Virgil's Aeneid.

One Pound 1998: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof FDC in standard case 36,907 (included in main number)
Proof FDC in red leather case 26,763 (included in main number)
Silver Proof FDC 13,863 (hover mouse for text)
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC 7,894
One Pound 1998: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4590
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 993, 993a (Silver)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P31 (Piedfort)
One Pound 1998: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs, sets
Royal Mint 2016 Design link
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