Shield of the Royal Arms representing the United Kingdom

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Specifications

Issued 2008-present
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Composition Nickel-Brass 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Matthew Dent
Edge Milled
Inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Mintage 43,827,300 (2008) for individual years click here
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Design details:

In 2008 a new reverse design for the 1 was issued featuring the Royal Shield of Arms - designed by Timothy Noad. The edge inscription in Latin reads DECUS ET TUTAMEN which translates as; An Ornament and a Safeguard. This dates back to the first machine struck coins minted in 1662 and refers to the inscription itself which was intended to prevent people scraping valuable metal off the edge of the coin - a process known as 'clipping'.
 

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