1 Pound - Elizabeth II 4th portrait; Royal Arms

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Royal Arms) -  obverse1 Pound - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Royal Arms) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 1998-2008
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# 993,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# J13
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

UK

Series: Heraldic Emblems series

Obverse

Fourth 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·1998
IRB

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

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Royal Arms with supporters above denomination.

Lettering:
HONI SO[IT QUI M]AL 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 lettering

Lettering: DECUS ET TUTAMEN

Translation: An ornament and a safeguard

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Royal Arms) -  obverse

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Comments

Originally introduced in 1983 and paired with the Machin second portrait, the Eric Sewell 'Royal Arms' reverse design has been used a total of five times in base metal. The second edition was issued in 1993 with the Maklouf third portrait on the obverse.

This being the third issue, the 1998 strike was not released into circulation and can only be found in the Annual Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated sets.


The 2003 strike was struck for circulation as well as being issued in the Annual sets in both Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated (62,741 sales) quality, whilst also being available in an individual coin and stamp pack (23,760 sales).


The 2008 strike was struck for circulation as well as being issued in the Annual sets in both Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated (48,854 sales) quality, whilst also being available in an individual BU pack (18,336 sales).


The coin has also been issued in silver proof and silver piedfort while further editions were subsequently struck in gold proof and platinum proof.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1998  96 192 13.74 7% BU
1998  63 670 31.62 2% Proof
2003  61 596 500 1.31 1.50 1.31 1.50 1.57 3.60 85%
2003  86 501 5.68 1.9% BU
2003  43 513 10.70 3% Proof
2008  3 910 000 2.01 1.41 2.17 16%
2008  67 190 7.21 2% BU
2008  36 333 13.98 3% Proof

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