One Pound Coin Designs and Specifications | The Royal Mint

2014 One Pound Coin

A depiction of the floral emblem of Northern Ireland

Issued 2014 
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 
2014 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Timothy Noad
Edge Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Edge Milled
Mintage 5,780,000

About This Design

In 2014 two new £1 coins – one for Northern Ireland and one for Scotland – complete the series of four that began in 2013 with coins for England and Wales. The coins all feature designs by Timothy Noad, who is a professional calligrapher and a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. They continue the tradition of honouring the home nations of Britain on the £1 coin by incorporating familiar floral emblems. But, for the first time ever, they are paired together with other less well-known floral symbols in one reverse design. This design features the shamrock and flax for Northern Ireland.

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.