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1995 & 2000 One Pound Coin

Dragon passant representing Wales

Issued 1995, 2000 
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
1995 Raphael Maklouf
2000 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Norman Sillman
Edge Inscription


Edge Milled
1995: 34,503,501
2000: 109,496,500*

About This Design

The strength, fire and spirit of the Welsh national character are expressed in the emblem of the dragon, the design selected for the 1995 £1 coin – the second in a series of four featuring the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Modelled by Norman Sillman from a drawing provided by the College of Arms, the familiar dragon passant appears on the reverse of the coin. The obverse shows Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, while on the coin’s edge are the words PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD, 'true am I to my country' taken from the national anthem of Wales.

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.