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1 Pound - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait; Celtic Cross

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Celtic Cross) -  obverse 1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Celtic Cross) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country United Kingdom
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1996
Value 1 Pound
GBP = 1.40 USD
Metal Nickel-brass
Weight 9.5 g
Diameter 22.5 mm
Thickness 3.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 972, Sp# J11
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Commemorative issue

Heraldic Emblems series - Northern Ireland

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II D·G·REG·F·D·1996
RDM

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith

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

Broighter collar over a Celtic cross with a pimpernel at its centre

Lettering: ONE POUND

Engraver: Norman Sillman

Norman Henry Sillman, ARCA, FRBS was a British sculptor and a coin designer, including the one pound coins for the Royal Mint.

Edge

Milled and inscribed in Latin

Lettering: DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Translation: An ornament and a safeguard

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Celtic Cross)

© ZacUK

Comments

A second edition of this coin was released in 2001 with the Rank-Broadley fourth portrait on the obverse.
(former Spink ref. 4339)

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1996  89,886,000
1996  BU
1996  67,581 Proof

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1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Celtic Cross)