2004 One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint

2004 One Pound Coin

A representation of the Forth Railway Bridge

Specifications

Issued 2004 
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 
2004 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Edge Inscription Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways
Edge Milled
Mintage  39,162,000*

About This Design

Featuring one of the major engineering achievements of the Victorian age, the intricate depiction of the Forth Rail Bridge on the 2004 £1 coin was designed by wood engraver Edwina Ellis and was the first coin in a series of four.

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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