Shield of the Royal Arms representing the United Kingdom

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Specifications

Issued 1988
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Composition Nickel-Brass 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc
Obverse Raphael Maklouf
Reverse Derek Gorringe
Edge Milled
Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Mintage 7,118,825
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Design details:

For the 6th year of the 1 coin, a Royal Coat of Arms design was introduced. The first Royal Arms of England are attributed to King Richard I whose crest depicted three gold lions. Since then, the Coat of Arms has been adapted over centuries, and the reverse design of this coin displays the most modern version. All coins dated 1988 feature this design, and 1988 was the only year it was used.

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