(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
|Obverse Designers||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1996 Raphael Maklouf
2001 Ian Rank-Broadley
|Reverse Designer||Norman Sillman|
|Edge Inscription||DECUS ET TUTAMEN|
|Mintage Figures||1996: 89,886,000
Third in a four-year series which featured the constituent parts of the United Kingdom, the 1996 one pound coin represented Northern Ireland. Reaching deep into the history of Northern Ireland, Norman Sillman's reverse design depicted a richly decorated Celtic-style cross, surmounted by the famous Broighter collar. At the centre of the design lay a pimpernel, the lovely flower which flourishes around Lough Neagh. The obverse design was Raphael Maklouf's elegant portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.
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.