One Pound Coin Designs and Specifications | The Royal Mint

1996 & 2001 One Pound Coin

A Celtic Cross with a Pimpernel Flower

A Celtic Cross with a Pimpernel Flower

Issued 1996, 2001 
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 
1996 Raphael Maklouf
2001 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Norman Sillman
Edge Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Edge Milled
Mintage Figures 1996: 89,886,000
2001: 63,968,065*

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.