(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
|Obverse Designers||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2006 Ian Rank-Broadley
|Reverse Designer||Edwina Ellis|
|Edge Inscription||Decorative pattern symbolising bridges and pathways|
The one pound coin for 2006 depicted Sir John Macneill's Egyptian Arch for Northern Ireland and was the third in the series of one pound reverse designs. The Bridge series, beautifully symbolic of unity, was conceived by wood engraver Edwina Ellis and, abandoning the more traditional heraldic approach, she opted for designs inspired by Britain’s great industrial heritage.
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.