2010 One Pound Coin

A depiction of the official badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of London being the principal focus

A depiction of the official badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of London being the principal focus

Specifications
Issued 2010 
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 
2010 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Stuart Devlin
Edge Inscription DOMINE DIRIGE NOS
Edge Milled
Mintage  2,635,000* 

Click here to learn moreAbout This Design

2010 saw the launch of an entirely new £1 coin series which focused on the four capital cities of the UK - the 'City Series'. It was the first time in a 'home countries' £1 coin series that two coins were released in the same year. The two 2010 £1 coins represent London and Belfast. This is the '2010 London £1 coin'.

The 'City Series' began with London – the most visited city in the world and home to Beefeaters, black cabs and red telephone boxes aplenty. The motto of the arms, DOMINE DIRIGE NOS - translated as 'Lord, deliver us' - features as the edge inscription for the London £1 coin.

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.

London Coin original drawing
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