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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

Country 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
References KM# 941,
  • 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# J3
  • 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.

Commemorative issue

Royal Diadem series - Wales

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 legend

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

© ZacUK

Comments

In 1985 the Royal Mint released the second one pound coin in the 'Royal Diadem' series, it was issued as part of the Annual Coin Sets in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions. This was also the first one pound coin with the Maklouf third portrait of HM The Queen.

Above - Deluxe Proof Set

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

Above - Deluxe Proof Set

(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 1.34 1.62 2.08 2.00 5.84 78%
1985  102,000 10.52 0.9% BU
1985  102,015 5.95 2% Proof
1990  97,269,300 1.30 1.40 1.48 3.03 6.43 43%
1990  102,600 0.4% BU
1990  79,052 7.01 1.9% Proof

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