Three Lions passant guardant representing England

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Specifications

Issued 1997, 2002
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Composition Nickel-Brass 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc
Obverse 1997 Raphael Maklouf, 2002 Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Norman Sillman
Edge Milled
Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Mintage 1997: 57,117,450, 2002: 77,818,000
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Design details:

The second series of 1 coin designs used heraldic emblems to represent the United Kingdom and its four constituent countries. This coin features three lions to represent England. The three lions date back to Richard the Lionheart (1189-1199) who used three golden lions on a scarlet background as a powerful symbol of the English throne.

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