Happy St. David’s Day! Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

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In celebration of all things Welsh to mark St. David’s Day, we’ve taken a look back at how Wales has been represented on the £1 coin since decimalisation. From leeks, to dragons and daffodils, do you have any of the following designs in your collection? Share a photo on social using #WelshPound.



1985 and 1990 £1 Coin

  • Design: A leek and Royal Diadem
  • Edge Inscription: ‘Pleidiol Wyf I’m Gwlad’. Translation: ‘True am I to my country from the Welsh National Anthem
  • Designer: Leslie Durbin


1995 and 2000 £1 Coin

  • Design: Dragon passant
  • Edge Inscription: ‘Pleidiol Wyf I’m Gwlad’
  • Designer: Norman Sillman


2011 £1 Coin

  • Design: A depiction of the official badges of the capital cities of the United Kingdom, with the badge of Cardiff being the principle focus.
  • Edge Inscription: ‘A Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn’. Translation ‘The Red Dragon shall lead’ (The Motto of Cardiff).
  • Designer: Stuart Devlin


2013 £1 Coin

  • Design: the floral emblem of Wales
  • Edge Inscription: ‘Pleidiol Wyf I’m Gwlad’
  • Designer: Timothy Noad


£1 Coin 2016 to 2023 

In 2016 we stopped striking the ‘round pound’ in favour of the new 12-sided £1 – the most innovative coin we have produced in our 1,100 year history. All nations appear together in the coin design, with Wales represented by a leek.


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