1983 Royal Arms One Pound Coin

The Royal Arms representing the United Kingdom £1 Coin

1983 £1

Issued 1983, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5 g
Thickness 3.15mm
Composition Nickel-Brass
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1983-1984 Arnold Machin
1985- 1997 Raphael Maklouf
1998 to date Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Eric Sewell
Edge Inscription 'An ornament and a safeguard' from Virgil's Aeneid
Edge Milled
Mintage Figures 1983: 443,053,510
  1993: 114,744,500
  1998: Not issued into circulation
  2003: 61,596,500
  2008: 3,910,000*

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Since its launch on 21 April 1983 the £1 has always represented the United Kingdom and its constituent parts; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The first £1coin showed a detailed and intricate image 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.

*Mintage figure based on UK decimal coins issued into general circulation up to 31/12/12