1 Pound - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait; Welsh Leek

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Welsh Leek) -  obverse1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Welsh Leek) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 1985-1990
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
Number N# 863
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 941,
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# J3
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

Wales

Series: Royal Diadem series

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·1990
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 leek, the emblem of Wales, encircled by the Royal Diadem

Lettering: ONE POUND

Engraver: Leslie Durbin

Edge

Milled with incuse lettering

Note: errors reported with missing apostrophe (')

Lettering: PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD

Translation: True am I to my country

1 Pound - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; Welsh Leek) -  obverse

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Comments

In 1985 the Royal Mint released the second one pound coin in the 'Royal Diadem' series, the first with the Maklouf third portrait of HM The Queen. The coin was issued as part of the 1985 Annual Coin Sets in both Brilliant Uncirculated (178,375 sales) & Proof versions as well as individually in a BU pack (24,850 sales).


This Leslie Durbin reverse design was repeated one more time on a second edition in 1990, again issued as part of the 1990 Annual Coin Sets in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions.


The coin was also struck in silver proof and silver piedfort.

(former Spink ref. 4331)

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1985  228 430 700 1.29 1.31 1.33 1.65 2.06 2.01 2.46 78%
1985  203 225 8.14 1.2% BU
1985  102 015 5.92 2% Proof
1990  97 269 300 1.30 1.34 1.41 1.49 3.04 6.45 43%
1990  102 606 7.04 0.6% BU
1990  79 052 8.99 1.9% Proof

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