A representation of the Forth Railway Bridge
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2004 Ian Rank-Broadley
||Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways
About This Design
Featuring one of the major engineering achievements of the Victorian age, the intricate depiction of the Forth Rail Bridge on the 2004 £1 coin is designed by wood engraver Edwina Ellis and is the first coin in a series of four.
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.