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1 Pound - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait; Northern Irish Flax

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Northern Irish Flax) -  obverse1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Northern Irish Flax) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 1986-1991
Value 1 Pound (1 GBP)
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Nickel brass
Weight 9.5 g
Diameter 22.5 mm
Thickness 3.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 10-15-2017
References KM# 946,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# J4
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Commemorative issue

Royal Diadem series - Northern Ireland

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the George IV State Diadem, legend around

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II D·G·REG·F·D·1991
RDM

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

A flax plant representing Northern Ireland, encircled by the Royal Diadem

Lettering: ONE POUND

Engraver: Leslie Durbin

Edge

Milled with incuse legend

Lettering: DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Translation: An ornament and a safeguard

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Northern Irish Flax) -  obverse

© ZacUK

Comments

In 1986 the Royal Mint released the third one pound coin in the 'Royal Diadem' series, it was issued as part of the Annual Coin Sets in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions.

Above - Deluxe Proof Set

This Leslie Durbin reverse design was repeated one more time on a second edition in 1991, again issued as part of the Annual Coin Sets for 1991, in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions.

Above - Deluxe Proof Set

There is an error for this type without edge inscription. The example shown in the image below is part of a BU set. The one pound coin is on the left in the foreground. Behind it is the two pound coin with part of its edge lettering visible.


(former Spink ref. 4332)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1986  10,409,501 1.32 1.45 6.01 36%
1986  167,200 3.46 1.8% BU
1986  104,597 8.87 4% Proof
1991  38,443,575 2.26 1.49 1.47 1.47 2.23 4.18 75%
1991  74,900 0.7% BU
1991  55,144 6.78 3% Proof

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