2010 One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint

2010 One Pound Coin

A depiction of the official badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of London being the principal focus


Issued 2010 
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 
2010 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Stuart Devlin
Edge Inscription DOMINE DIRIGE NOS
Edge Milled
Mintage  2,635,000* 

About This Design

2010 saw the launch of an entirely new £1 coin series which focused on the four capital cities of the UK - the 'City Series'. It was the first time in a 'home countries' £1 coin series that two coins were released in the same year. The two 2010 £1 coins represented London and Belfast. This is the '2010 London £1 coin'.

The 'City Series' began with London – the most visited city in the world and home to Beefeaters, black cabs and red telephone boxes aplenty. The motto of the arms, DOMINE DIRIGE NOS - translated as 'Lord, deliver us' - featured as the edge inscription for the London £1 coin.

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 consultation 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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