To complement its cutting-edge technology, including The Royal Mint’s patented High Security Feature, the new 12-sided £1 coin acknowledges its heritage in its reverse design. Designed by 15-year-old David Pearce, it features the four floral emblems of the regions of the United Kingdom, a popular theme on £1 coins since their introduction in 1983. The rose, leek, thistle and shamrock emerge from a single stem within a royal coronet.
The 1937 threepenny reverse design, by artist Madge Kitchener, features a thrift, a resilient plant found on cliffs and mountainsides. The old, smaller threepenny coins were known to be popular with savers and the design incorporates a play on words – the idea of ‘thrift’ which was also a strong wartime message in the 1940s when the economy was suffering.