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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 Standard circulation 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,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Sp# J1
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II 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:
Shame on he who thinks evil of it
God and my right

Engraver: Eric Sewell

Eric Sewell was the Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint in London in the 1970s. Eric Sewell designed the reverse of the first round British pound, issued in 1983, featuring the royal arms.

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 for circulation issues in subsequent years, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, making a total of 5 editions of this type. This issue was part of the Annual Coin Sets in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions.

Above - Proof Set

(former Spink ref. 4221)

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1983  443,053,510 1.24 1.29 1.28 1.59 1.62 2.91 3.49 98%
1983  484,900 7.71 1.1% BU
1983  107,800 6.98 1.9% Proof

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