1985 & 1990 One Pound Coin

Leek and royal diadem representing Wales

Leek and royal diadem representing Wales

Issued 1985, 1990 
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
1985 Arnold Machin
1990 Raphael Maklouf
Reverse Designer Leslie Durbin
Edge Milled

1985: 228,430,749
1990: 97,269,302*

Click here to learn moreAbout This Design

In 1985 the first new Royal portrait in nearly two decades was introduced on the coins of the United Kingdom. The reverse design of the 1985 £1 features the national emblem of Wales – the leek - encircled by the Royal Diadem. It was the second in a series of four issued to represent the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom; Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

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.