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One Pound Coins
This page is here to answer a common question we get, which is simply which designs of one pound coins were issued in which years. Acknowledgements to the Royal Mint website for much (but not all !) of the information appearing here.
Year
Image
Description and Designer
Edge Inscription
Approximate number issued (millions), and other comments
1983

Royal Arms; Eric Sewell

Decus et Tutamen (= "An ornament and a safeguard"; from Virgil's Aeneid)

443m
1984

Thistle and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (= "No one provokes me with impunity"; the motto of the Order of the Thistle)

146m
1985

Leek and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin

Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad (= "True am I to my country"; from the Welsh National Anthem)

228m
1986

Flax and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin Decus et Tutamen 10m
1987

Oak Tree and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin Decus et Tutamen 39m
1988

Royal Shield; Derek Gorringe Decus et Tutamen 7m
Although not of any particular value, this is the design least often seen.
1989
Thistle and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin Nemo Me Impune Lacessit 70m
1990
Leek and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad 97m
1991
Flax and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin Decus et Tutamen 38m
1992
Oak Tree and royal diadem; Leslie Durbin Decus et Tutamen 36m
1993
Royal Arms; Eric Sewell Decus et Tutamen 114m
1994

Lion Rampant; Norman Sillman Nemo Me Impune Lacessit 29m
1995

Dragon passant; Norman Sillman Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad 34m
1996

Celtic Cross, pimpernel flower in centre surrounded by an ancient torc, representing Northern Ireland; Norman Sillman Decus et Tutamen 89m
Coins dated 1996 but with the "three lions" design are counterfeit.
1997

Three English Lions passant guardant; Norman Sillman Decus et Tutamen 57m
1998
Royal Arms; Eric Sewell Decus et Tutamen (Approx. 100,000, only in sets, not in general circulation.)
1999
Lion Rampant; Norman Sillman Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (Approx. 100,000, only in sets, not in general circulation.)
2000
Dragon passant; Norman Sillman Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad 109m
2001
Celtic Cross, pimpernel flower in centre surrounded by an ancient torc, representing Northern Ireland; Norman Sillman Decus et Tutamen 64m
2002
Three English Lions passant guardant; Norman Sillman Decus et Tutamen 78m
2003
Royal Arms; Eric Sewell Decus et Tutamen 61m
2004

Forth Bridge; Edwina Ellis Incuse decorative feature symbolising bridges and pathways 39m
2005

Menai Bridge; Edwina Ellis Incuse decorative feature symbolising bridges and pathways 99m
2006

Egyptian Arch Railway Bridge;  Edwina Ellis Incuse decorative feature symbolising bridges and pathways 39m
2007

Gateshead Millennium Bridge; Edwina Ellis Incuse decorative feature symbolising bridges and pathways 26m
2008

Royal Arms; Eric Sewell Decus et Tutamen 3.9m - slightly lower as normal (a new design replaced this in 2008)
2008

Royal Arms (Shield); Matthew Dent
Decus et Tutamen 29m
2009
Royal Arms (Shield); Matthew Dent Decus et Tutamen 8m
2010
Royal Arms (Shield); Matthew Dent Decus et Tutamen 38m
2010
"City Series"; Belfast; Stuart Devlin
Pro Tanto quid Retribuamus 6m
2010

"City Series"; London; Stuart Devlin
Domine Dirige Nos 2.6m
2011
Royal Arms (Shield); Matthew Dent Decus et Tutamen 39m
2011

"City Series"; Edinburgh; Stuart Devlin
Nisi Dominus Frustra
2011

"City Series"; Cardiff; Stuart Devlin
Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn 1.6m
2012
Royal Arms (Shield); Matthew Dent Decus et Tutamen
2013

English floral emblem; Timothy Noad
Decus et Tutamen

2013

Welsh floral emblem; Timothy Noad
Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad

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