2011 Edinburgh One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint

2011 One Pound Coin

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


Issued 2011 
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 
2011 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Stuart Devlin
Edge Milled
Mintage  935,000* 

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'. In 2011 the final two £1 coins in the 'City Series' were released, representing Edinburgh and Cardiff. This was the '2011 Edinburgh £1 coin'.

The City of Edinburgh was properly granted its Coat of Arms on 21 April 1732 by the heraldic authority for Scotland, Lyon King of Arms. The shield could be blazoned or described as follows: Argent a castle triple-towered and embattled sable masoned of the first topped with three fans gules windows and portcullis shut of the last situate on a rock proper. The 'castle triple-towered' evidently represented Edinburgh's magnificent castle which sits on the summit of the volcanic rock towering some 260 ft (80m) above its city. A stronghold and seat of royalty since the Middle Ages, it is visible for tens of miles in every direction. The motto of the City's arms NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA - translated as 'it is vain without the Lord' - was used as the edge inscription for this £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 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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