(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
|Obverse Designers||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1995 Raphael Maklouf
2000 Ian Rank-Broadley
|Reverse Designer||Norman Sillman|
PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD
The strength, fire and spirit of the Welsh national character are expressed in the emblem of the dragon, the design selected for the 1995 £1 coin – the second in a series of four which featured the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Modelled by Norman Sillman from a drawing provided by the College of Arms, the familiar dragon passant appeared on the reverse of the coin. The obverse showed Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, while on the coin’s edge were the words PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD, 'true am I to my country' taken from the national anthem of Wales.
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.