1984 & 1989 One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint

1984 & 1989 One Pound Coin

Thistle and royal diadem representing Scotland


Issued 1984, 1989 
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Thickness 3.15mm
Composition Nickel-Brass
(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1984 Arnold Machin
1989 Raphael Maklouf
Reverse Designer Leslie Durbin
Edge Milled
Mintage 1984: 146,256,501
1989: 70,580,501 *

About This Design

Tuesday 24 April 1984 saw the beginning of a new chapter in the history of United Kingdom coinage with the Scottish £1 coin being introduced into circulation. Designed by renowned silversmith Leslie Durbin, the reverse appropriately depicted the Scottish thistle encircled by the Royal Diadem.

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 as a coin than a banknote. After consultations with many groups, including retailers and special interest groups, the Government announced on 31 July 1981 that a new £1 coin 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.

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