The Royal Arms representing the United Kingdom



Issued 1983, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008
Diameter 22.5mm
Weight 9.5g
Composition Nickel-Brass 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc
Obverse 83-84 Arnold Machin, 85- 97 Raphael Maklouf, 98 to date Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Eric Sewell
Edge Milled
Inscription An ornament and a safeguard'
Mintage 1983: 443,053,510, 1993: 114,744,500, 1998: BU Pack only, 2003: 61,596,500, 2008: 3,910,000
UNC pack C
£3 L
1983 I
Sold ? K

Design details:

The £1 coin in base metal, nickel-brass was introduced in 1983, as a replacement for the £1 banknote. The reverse design of the first £1 coin showed a detailed and intricate depiction of the Royal Coat of Arms. Designed by Eric Sewell, Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint, it has become one of the most famous images on British coinage. The coin’s edge inscription is in Latin ‘DECUS ET TUTAMEN’ which may be translated as an ‘ornament to safeguard’.

text source and credit Royal Mint 2017