(70% copper, 5.5%
nickel, 24.5% zinc)
|Obverse Designers||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2013 Ian Rank-Broadley
|Reverse Designer||Timothy Noad|
|Edge Inscription||DECUS ET TUTAMEN|
Depicting pairs of floral emblems, it was part of the first floral series since the 1984 floral series started. This 2013 coin showed the rose and the oak to represent England.
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.