One Pound 2010 Belfast, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

One Pound 2010 Belfast, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 2017)
CoinOne Pound 2010 Belfast

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 (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. The reverse design of the first £1 coin showed a depiction of the Royal Coat of Arms, representing the United Kingdom as a whole. It was issued until 2015 in rotation with other designs representing Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England, alternating each year in that order.

Initially, Northern Ireland was represented by the Flax and Diadem type of one pound coins, then by the Celtic Cross One Pound in 2001 and the Egyptian Arch Bridge One Pound in 2006.

2010 saw the launch of an entirely new £1 coin series which focused on the four capital cities of the UK - the "City Series". It was the first time in a "home countries" £1 coin series that two coins were released in the same year. The two 2010 £1 coins represented London and Belfast. This is the 2010 Belfast £1 coin.

Northern Ireland was later represented by the 2014 One Pound with the floral emblem of Northern Ireland.

Coins issued in 2010 circulated for seven years until they were demonetised in 2017 and replaced with the current bimetallic one pound coin.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage6,303,899 (6.3 million)
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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 · 2010. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2010.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Reverse
United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast - reverse photo

A depiction of the official badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with those of Edinburgh, London and Cardiff (in that order), smaller, around below. The principal focus, larger and in the centre, is the badge of Belfast. It is a shield divided in two horizontally; the top of the shield has a point-down triangle with a repeating pattern that represents fur; in a square in the top left corner there is a bell; in the lower part of the shield there is a sailing ship.

The name of the city BELFAST is around top. The value and denomination ONE POUND are around left and right, divided by the badge.

Reverse Inscription ONE POUND BELFAST
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionPRO TANTO QUID RETRIBUAMUS
Notes

Mintage figure (incomplete) comprised of:
6,205,000 coins released into circulation
64,461 brilliant uncirculated coins in presentation folder
? brilliant uncirculated in sets
34,438 proofs
Off-metal strikes not included (see mintages below).

The edge inscription PRO TANTO QUID RETRIBUAMUS means "what shall we give in return for so much" and is the motto of Belfast.

About the design, the Royal Mint says: "Belfast used a coat of arms on its seal as early as 1643, but it was not until 1890 that the arms were granted officially. The shield of the coat of arms of Belfast provided an appropriate reverse for the 2010 £1 coin which represented Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the City Series. Since the city port of Belfast has always been a busy shipbuilding centre, it was not surprising that a sea-going vessel should dominate the shield. The triangular pattern came from the arms of the Chichester family, while the bell was a simple reference to the city's name and appeared on tokens issued by Belfast tradesmen in the seventeenth century."

One Pound 2010 Belfast: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated on presentation card
Mintage Issued: 64,461
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins issued in:
2010 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection - 12 coins incl. two different bimetallic £2 coins, three different £1, and the Girl Guiding 50p; some packaged as Baby Gift Set, Spink US42 - edition limit 50,000, actual mintage unknown
two-coin set with the London £1 - Spink US44, edition limit 10,000

In Sets 2010 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection, mintage unknown, limited to 50,000
12 coins: £2 Technology, £2 Florence Nightingale, £1 Royal Shield, £1 London, £1 Belfast, 50p, 50p Girl Guiding, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: 2010 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection (Baby Gift Set), mintage unknown (included in the above set)

The 2010 UK Cities £1 Brilliant Uncirculated Coins, mintage unknown
2 coins: £1 London, £1 Belfast
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 30,844 (included in total)
In Set The 2010 UK Proof Coin Set, mintage 30,844
13 coins: £5 Restoration of the Monarchy, £2 Technology, £2 Florence Nightingale, £1 Royal Shield, £1 London, £1 Belfast, 50p, 50p Girl Guiding, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2010 UK Proof Coin Set (Deluxe), mintage unknown (included in the above set)
- variety: The 2010 UK Executive Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 5,805
Material0.925 Silver
Details

9.50 g sterling silver (0.2825 ASW), 22.50 mm.

In Sets The 2010 UK Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 3,500
13 coins: £5 Restoration of the Monarchy, £2 Technology, £2 Florence Nightingale, £1 Royal Shield, £1 London, £1 Belfast, 50p, 50p Girl Guiding, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The UK Silver Celebration Set 2010, mintage unknown, limited to 2,500
5 coins: £5 Restoration of the Monarchy, £2 Florence Nightingale, £1 London, £1 Belfast, 50p Girl Guiding
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 3,503
Material0.925 Silver
Details

19.00 g sterling silver (0.5650 ASW), 22.50 mm.

In Set The UK Silver Piedfort Set 2010, mintage unknown, limited to 2,500
5 coins: £5 Restoration of the Monarchy, £2 Florence Nightingale, £1 London, £1 Belfast, 50p Girl Guiding
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / One Pound 2010 Belfast / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 585
Material0.9167 Gold
Details

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

One Pound 2010 Belfast: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint 2016 Coin description link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mint link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Royal Mint Mintage link Varieties mintage
All (51) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: One Pound
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Pound 1983 Royal Arms 444,283,310 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
One Pound 1984 Thistle and Diadem 146,549,801 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
One Pound 1985 Leek and Diadem 228,735,989 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
One Pound 1986 Flax and Diadem 10,701,230 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
One Pound 1987 Oak Tree and Diadem 39,632,193 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
One Pound 1988 Shield 7,361,756 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
One Pound 1989 Thistle and Diadem 70,743,774 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
One Pound 1990 Leek and Diadem 97,450,960 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
One Pound 1991 Flax and Diadem 38,573,694 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
One Pound 1992 Oak Tree and Diadem 36,461,234 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
One Pound 1993 Royal Arms 114,867,525 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
One Pound 1994 Lion Rampant 29,997,217 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
One Pound 1995 Dragon 34,669,787 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
One Pound 1996 Celtic Cross 90,040,082 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
One Pound 1997 Three Lions 57,364,751 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
One Pound 1998 Royal Arms 159,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
One Pound 1999 Lion Rampant 216,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
One Pound 2000 Dragon 109,686,719 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
One Pound 2001 Celtic Cross 64,075,178 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
One Pound 2002 Three Lions 77,939,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
One Pound 2003 Royal Arms 61,776,772 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
One Pound 2004 Forth Railway Bridge 39,320,042 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
One Pound 2005 Menai Bridge 99,576,565 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
One Pound 2006 Egyptian Arch Bridge 39,099,654 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
One Pound 2007 Millennium Bridge 26,315,579 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
One Pound 2008 Royal Arms 4,100,913 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2008 Shield 43,947,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Pound 2009 Shield 27,897,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
One Pound 2010 Shield 57,220,033 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
One Pound 2010 London 2,732,157 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
One Pound 2010 Belfast 6,303,899 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
One Pound 2011 Shield 25,499,981 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
One Pound 2011 Cardiff 1,691,907 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
One Pound 2011 Edinburgh 935,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
One Pound 2012 Shield 35,803,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
One Pound 2013 Shield 13,137,437 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
One Pound 2013 England 5,308,194 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
One Pound 2013 Wales 5,308,194 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
One Pound 2014 Shield 79,347,794 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
One Pound 2014 Northern Ireland 5,811,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
One Pound 2014 Scotland 5,216,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
One Pound 2015 Shield (Fourth Portrait) 29,625,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
One Pound 2015 Shield (Fifth Portrait) 25,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
One Pound 2015 Royal Arms 129,616,985 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015
One Pound 2016 Shield (mint sets only) 48,830 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
One Pound 2016 Last Round Pound 250,182 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
One Pound 2016 Bimetallic 648,946,386 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2016 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2017 749,697,050 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2017 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2018 130,560,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2018 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2019 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2019 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2020 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
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One Pound 2010 Belfast: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeOne Pound (One year types)
Issued2010
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Circulation Mintage6,205,000 (6.2 million)
Total Mintage6,303,899 (6.3 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 2017
MaterialNickel Brass
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.500 mm
Thickness3.150 mm
Mass9.500 g
OCC IDQBVY-XOWR-CXXJ-EJZN
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One Pound 2010 Belfast: Photos
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2010 UK Coin £1 Gold Proof Belfast
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold Proof.
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2010 UK Coin £1 Gold Proof Belfast
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold Proof.
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2010 UK Coin £1 Silver Proof Piedfort Belfast
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Silver Proof Piedfort.
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2010 UK Coin £1 Silver Proof Piedfort Belfast
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Silver Proof Piedfort.
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2010 One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint
Copyright: Royal Mint
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One Pound 2010 Belfast: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomJ29
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1159
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1159a (Silver), KM# 1159 (Gold)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P76 (Silver Piedfort)