(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|
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.
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.