One Pound Coin Designs and Specifications | The Royal Mint

1997 & 2002 One Pound Coin

Three Lions passant guardant representing England

Three Lions passant guardant representing England.

Issued 1997, 2002 
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 
1997 Raphael Maklouf
2002 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Norman Sillman
Edge Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Edge Milled
Mintages  1997: 57,117,450
2002: 77,818,000 *

About This Design

Last in the second series of £1 coins whose reverse designs honour constituent parts of the United Kingdom, the 1997 £1 coin represents England by featuring the famous Royal Crest of England, three lions passant guardant. On its obverse 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.