(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|
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.
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.