(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1994 Raphael Maklouf
1999 Ian Rank-Broadley
|Reverse Designer||Norman Sillman|
|Edge Inscription||NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT|
The 1994 £1 coin began a new series of four which would again represent the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. The reverse design was modelled by Norman Sillman from a drawing by the College of Arms. The obverse is graced with Raphael Maklouf's timeless portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. The Latin motto of Scotland's most noble Order of the Thistle, NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT (no-one provokes me with impunity), forms the edge inscription.
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.