Flax Plant and royal diadem representing Northern Ireland
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1986 Arnold Machin
1991 Raphael Maklouf
||DECUS ET TUTAMEN
About This Design
The Northern Ireland £1, the third in the series of four, was introduced into circulation on 21 April 1986. Appropriately, Northern Ireland is represented by the flax plant, whose fibres have for centuries been woven into world famous linens. The coin carries the edge inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN, ‘an ornament and a safeguard’. On the obverse is the Maklouf portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.
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.