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1 Pound - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait; Royal Arms

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Royal Arms) -  obverse1 Pound - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Royal Arms) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1983
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# 933,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# J1
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Commemorative issue

Heraldic Emblems series - UK

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, legend around

Lettering: ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·1983

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

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Royal Arms with supporters, denomination below

Lettering:
HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
DIEU ET MON DROIT
ONE POUND

Translation:
Evil unto him who thinks evil of it
God and my right

Engraver: Eric Sewell

Edge

Milled with incuse legend

Lettering: DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Translation: An ornament and a safeguard

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Royal Arms) -  obverse

© ZacUK

Comments

The first round pound coin to replace the old pound note. The Eric Sewell 'Royal Arms' reverse design was used four more times in subsequent years, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, making a total of 5 editions of this type.
(former Spink ref. 4221)

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1983  443,053,510 1.18 1.20 1.20 1.50 1.51 2.82 3.19 98%
1983  484,900 5.42 0.9% BU
1983  107,800 6.51 2.0% Proof

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