The coin’s new shape and bimetallic composition and appearance, alongside its other visible security elements, mean the new 12-sided £1 coin will tackle the problem of sophisticated counterfeiting head-on. The Royal Mint’s patented High Security Feature has added to its reputation as the most secure coin in the world.
This is the first major change to the £1 coin since it replaced the £1 note in 1983. As we bid farewell to the last ‘round pound’ we celebrate the end of an era and welcome its state-of-the-art successor. This coin is struck in 999.5 platinum, enhanced with fine gold and finished to Proof standard.