2014 One Pound Coin | The Royal Mint

2014 One Pound Coin

A depiction of the floral emblem of Northern Ireland

Specifications

Issued 2014 
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 
2014 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Timothy Noad
Edge Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Edge Milled
Mintage 5,780,000*

About This Design

In 2014 two new £1 coins – one for Northern Ireland and one for Scotland – completed the series of four that began in 2013 with coins for England and Wales. The coins all featured designs by Timothy Noad, who is a professional calligrapher and a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. The coins continued the tradition of honouring the home nations of Britain on the £1 coin by incorporating familiar floral emblems. But, for the first time ever, they were paired together with other less well-known floral symbols in one reverse design. This design featured the shamrock and flax for Northern Ireland.

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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