The Royal Mint have launched (30th November) their new series of designs for the one pound coin, which includes a floral design together with symbols of nature reflecting the four constituent countries which comprise the United Kingdom. A new design for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will make up the set, with the design for England being the first coin in the series to be issued.
The One pound coin, successfully launched in 1983 which saw the discontinuance of the one pound note, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2013. Subsequent collector designs were issued beginning in 1984 with four sets in total so far being issued, including a set of well-known bridges found in each country. A new “shield” design was introduced in 2009 when the reverse designs of all circulating values from the 1 penny to the 50 pence coin were changed for the first time in 40 years since their introduction in conjunction with decimalization in 1968 – 1971.
The new one pound coin – Designed by renowned numismatic and medallic artist and Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, Timothy Noad, features a an oak branch with acorn which is perfectly balanced with a stem showing a Tudor-inspired rose. The coin has the Latin edge inscription “DECUS ET TUTAMEN” meaning ‘an ornament and a safeguard’ which was first used on coins in the reign of Charles II.
In his reverse design for the one pound coin representing Wales, Timothy Noad has paired the leek – which has long symbolized Wales – with the daffodil, their leaves intertwined. The edge inscription in Welsh reads “PLEIDIOL WYF I’M GWLAD” meaning ‘True am I to my country’.
The obverse of both UK £1 coins features the current portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS along with their year of issue.
The new One pound designs will be issued in collector versions of gold, silver piedfort and silver examples, all struck to proof quality, these coins are scheduled for release in May of 2013. The One pound coin base metal coin is minted in Nickel-brass with a weight of 9.5 grams and a diameter of 22.5 mm. The two coin BU set including the English and Welsh coins are currently available.
For more information on these and other coins currently on offer from the Royal Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.royalmint.com/ International orders fulfilled.