One Pound 2011 Cardiff, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

One Pound 2011 Cardiff, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 2017)
CoinOne Pound 2011 Cardiff

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, Wales was represented by the Leek and Diadem type of one pound coins, then by the Dragon One Pound and the 2005 Menai Bridge One Pound.

2010 saw the launch of an entirely new £1 coin series which focused on the four capital cities of the UK - the City Series. In 2011 the final two £1 coins in the "City Series" were released, representing Edinburgh and Cardiff. This is the 2011 Cardiff £1 coin.

Wales was later represented by the 2013 One Pound with the floral emblem of Wales.

Coins issued in 2011 circulated for six years until they were demonetised in 2017 and replaced with the current bimetallic one pound coin.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,691,907 (1.7 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / One Pound 2011 Cardiff - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 · 2011. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2011.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Reverse
United Kingdom / One Pound 2011 Cardiff - reverse photo

A depiction of the official badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with those of Belfast, Edinburgh and London (in that order), smaller, around below. The principal focus, larger and in the centre, is the badge of Cardiff. It is a shield featuring a rampant dragon on a mount, holding a flag with three chevrons, in front of a large leek plant.

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

Reverse Inscription ONE POUND CARDIFF
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionY DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN
Notes

Mintage figure (incomplete) comprised of:
1,615,000 coins released into circulation
47,933 brilliant uncirculated coins on presentation card
? brilliant uncirculated in sets
28,974 proofs
Off-metal strikes not included (see mintages below).

The edge inscription Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN means "The Red Dragon shall lead" and is the motto of Cardiff.

The Royal Mint says about the design:
"Cardiff had long made unofficial use of the arms of the medieval lords of the area before it was granted city status on 28 October 1905. Its Coat of Arms was granted in 1906, although the city was not proclaimed capital of Wales until 20 December 1955. The design of the shield is described as: Argent on a mount vert growing therefrom a leek proper a dragon rampant gules supporting a banner gules charged with three chevrons argent.

It is not surprising that the fiery red dragon should feature so prominently in the City’s Coat of Arms since it has been recognised as the emblem of Wales for well over 1,000 years. It was a symbol favoured by the historic Welsh leaders and also by the Welshman Henry Tudur who claimed descent from Cadwaladr, the great Welsh King traditionally called 'the last King of Britain'. The leek, too, is an historic symbol of Wales, having played a vital role in the battle of Heathfield in 633 AD when it was used to distinguish friend from foe."

One Pound 2011 Cardiff: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated on presentation card
Mintage Issued: 47,933
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Sets 2011 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection, mintage unknown, limited to 50,000
13 coins: £2 Technology, £2 King James Bible, £2 Mary Rose, £1 Royal Shield, £1 Cardiff, £1 Edinburgh, 50p, 50p WWF, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: My First Coins (2011), mintage unknown (included in the above set)

UK Cities - Celebrating Edinburgh and Cardiff £1 Coins 2011, mintage unknown, limited to 10,000
2 coins: £1 Cardiff, £1 Edinburgh
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 28,974 (included in total)
In Set 2011 The United Kingdom Proof Coin Set, mintage 28,974
14 coins: £5 Prince Philip, £2 Technology, £2 King James Bible, £2 Mary Rose, £1 Royal Shield, £1 Cardiff, £1 Edinburgh, 50p, 50p WWF, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: 2011 The United Kingdom Proof Coin Set (Deluxe), mintage unknown (included in the above set)
- variety: 2011 The United Kingdom Executive Proof Set, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 5,553
Material0.925 Silver
Details

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

In Sets 2011 The United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 2,500
14 coins: £5 Prince Philip, £2 Technology, £2 King James Bible, £2 Mary Rose, £1 Royal Shield, £1 Cardiff, £1 Edinburgh, 50p, 50p WWF, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

2011 The United Kingdom Silver Celebration Set, mintage unknown, limited to 1,500
6 coins: £5 Prince Philip, £2 King James Bible, £2 Mary Rose, £1 Cardiff, £1 Edinburgh, 50p WWF
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage Issued: 1,615
Material0.925 Silver
Details

19.00 g., 0.925 Silver 0.5650 oz. ASW, 22.5 mm.

In Set 2011 The United Kingdom Silver Piedfort Set, mintage unknown, limited to 2,000
6 coins: £5 Prince Philip, £2 King James Bible, £2 Mary Rose, £1 Cardiff, £1 Edinburgh, 50p WWF
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / One Pound 2011 Cardiff / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / One Pound 2011 Cardiff / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 524
Material0.917 Gold
Details

19.61 g of 22 carat gold (0.5779 AGW), 22.50 mm. 524 issued from 1,000 limit.

One Pound 2011 Cardiff: 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 Proof and sets mintage
All (53) coins of 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 130,593,086 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2018 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2019 138,635,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2019 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2020 55,840,169 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2020 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2021 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
One Pound 2022 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait 2022 · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D
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One Pound 2011 Cardiff: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeOne Pound (One year types)
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Pound)
Circulation Mintage1,615,000 (1.6 million)
Total Mintage1,691,907 (1.7 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 IDDANM-QEPY-CQQQ-OJYG
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One Pound 2011 Cardiff: Photos
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2011 UK Coin £1 Gold Proof Cardiff
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold Proof.
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2011 UK Coin £1 Gold Proof Cardiff
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold Proof.
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One Pound 2011 Cardiff
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One Pound 2011 Cardiff
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2011 One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint
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One Pound 2011 Cardiff: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomJ31
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1198, KM# 1198a (Silver)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P84 (Piedfort)