A Celtic Cross with a Pimpernel Flower
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1996 Raphael Maklouf
2001 Ian Rank-Broadley
||DECUS ET TUTAMEN
About This Design
Third in a four-year series featuring the constituent parts of the United Kingdom, the 1996 one pound coin represents Northern Ireland. Reaching deep into the history of Northern Ireland, Norman Sillman's reverse design depicts a richly decorated Celtic-style cross, surmounted by the famous Broighter collar. At the centre of the design lies a pimpernel, the lovely flower which flourishes around Lough Neagh. The obverse design is Raphael Maklouf's elegant 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.