(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 Inscription||NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT|
1989: 70,580,501 *
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.
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.