Thistle and royal diadem representing Scotland
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1984 Arnold Machin
1989 Raphael Maklouf
||NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT
1989: 70,580,501 *
About This Design
Tuesday 24 April 1984 saw the beginning of a new chapter in the history of United Kingdom coinage with the introduction into circulation of the Scottish £1 coin. Designed by renowned silversmith Leslie Durbin, the reverse appropriately depicts the Scottish thistle encircled by the Royal Diadem.
History Of The £1
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.