One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT), Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 2017)
CoinOne Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT)

The £1 coin in base metal (as opposed to the gold sovereign, which has a nominal face value of one pound too), nickel-brass was introduced in 1983, as a replacement for the £1 banknote. A variety of designs were issued into circulation between 1983 and 2016, representing the United Kingdom and its constituent parts - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rotating each year; they were all demonetised in 2017 and replaced by the current 12-sided bimetallic one pound coin.

The Royal Mint also uses the denomination to issue Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) coins for collectors, such as this one.

In 2008, two 14-coin sets were issued to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the £1 denomination - one in gold, and one in silver with selective gold plating. The sets contained coins dated 2008 with all the previously released one pound designs. There was no base metal version of the set. With the exception of the Royal Arms £1 of 2008 (which was due to be issued in 2008 as the coin representing the whole of the United Kingdom), none of them were released into circulation.

The original design for this coin - representing Scotland - was issued in 2004.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintage4,820
Obverse
United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) - obverse photo

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 · 2008. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2008.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Reverse
United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) - reverse photo

A representation of the Forth Railway Bridge inside a border of railway tracks. Around below, the denomination and value ONE POUND. The designer's initials EE (for Edwina Ellis) are visible at one of the column bases of the bridge.

Reverse Inscription ONE POUND
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The listed mintage is for the silver version.

There are no "regular", base metal coins of the type. The existing coins are one of the types listed as varieties below: silver or gold. The coins were released individually or in a set of fourteen containing:

01. Royal Arms £1 2008 - like One Pound 1983 Royal Arms, Spink J1
02. Thistle and Diadem £1 2008 - like One Pound 1983 Thistle and Diadem, Spink J2
03. Leek and Diadem £1 2008 - like One Pound 1985 Leek and Diadem, Spink J3
04. Flax and Diadem £1 2008 - like One Pound 1983 Flax and Diadem, Spink J4
05. Oak Tree and Diadem £1 2008 - like One Pound 1987 Oak Tree and Diadem, Spink J5
06. Shield - Gorringe Design £1 2008 - like One Pound 1988 Shield, Spink J6
07. Lion Rampant £1 2008 - like One Pound 1994 Lion Rampant, Spink J9
08. Dragon £1 2008 - like One Pound 1995 Dragon, Spink J10
09. Celtic Cross £1 2008 - like One Pound 1996 Celtic Cross, Spink J11
10. Three Lions £1 2008 - like One Pound 1997 Three Lions, Spink J12
11. Forth Railway Bridge £1 2008 - like One Pound 2004 Forth Railway Bridge, Spink J18
12. Menai Bridge £1 2008 - like One Pound 2005 Menai Bridge, Spink J19
13. Egyptian Arch Bridge £1 2008 - like One Pound 2006 Egyptian Arch Bridge, Spink J20
14. Millennium Bridge £1 2008 - like One Pound 2007 Millennium Bridge, Spink J21

One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT): Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof FDC United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 4,820 (included in total)
Material0.925 Silver
Details

9.50 g sterling silver (0.2825 ASW), 22.50 mm. Selective gold plating on the reverse.

Issued individually (2,815 from 15,000 limit) or in the 14-coin set 25th Anniversary One Pound Silver Proof Coin Collection, Spink PSS30 - 2,005 issued from 3,000 limit

Variety Gold Proof FDC United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 150
Material0.917 Gold
Details

19.61 g of 22 carat gold (0.5779 AGW), 22.50 mm.

Issued in the 14 coin set 25th Anniversary One Pound Gold Proof Coin Collection, Spink PG1PCS.

One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint Mintage link
All (15) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: One Pound (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Pound 2008 Thistle and Diadem (NCLT) 5,074 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Leek and Diadem (NCLT) 4,936 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Flax and Diadem (NCLT) 4,935 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Oak Tree and Diadem (NCLT) 4,894 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Shield - Gorringe Design (NCLT) 4,792 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Lion Rampant (NCLT) 4,867 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Dragon (NCLT) 4,855 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Celtic Cross (NCLT) 4,860 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Three Lions (NCLT) 4,863 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT) 4,820 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Menai Bridge (NCLT) 4,813 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Egyptian Arch Bridge (NCLT) 4,815 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Millennium Bridge (NCLT) 4,821 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2013 Royal Arms 1,311 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
One Pound 2013 Shield, Gorringe Design 1,311 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
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One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeOne Pound (NCLT)
Issued2008
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value1 (x Penny)
Mintage4,820
CurrentNo; demonetised 2017
MaterialNickel-Brass
DesignerEdwina Ellis
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22.5000
Thickness (mm)3.1500
Mass (g)9.5000
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One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT): Photos
ImageDetails
2008 UK £1 - Gold Proof 25th Anniversary 14 Coin Set
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold Proof.
Source
2008 UK £1 - Silver Proof 25th Anniversary 14 Coin Set
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Silver Proof.
Source
One Pound 2008 Forth Railway Bridge (NCLT): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomJ18 (Gold), J18C (Silver)