£1 Coins in Circulation

The £1 coin was introduced in 1983 to replace the Bank of England £1 note, which remained in circulation alongside the new coin until 1988. Many different reverse designs have been used on the £1 coin, alternating design themes each year for the UK, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. None are actually commemorative designs.

Note that there are lots of fake £1 coins in circulation. They are always of lesser quality than the real ones and very often have mis-matching reverse themes and edge inscriptions (when compared to how they should look for the date shown on the heads side).

Edge lettering: I get a lot of enquiries about the wording on the edges of £1 and £2 coins. Note that the edge lettering can be up one way or the other, it’s completely random.

As of early 2017 there are 48 different £1 coins – 6 of which were available in sets only (1998, 1999, 2015 shield, 2016 shield, 2016 last round pound and so far the 2017 12-sided). One has not yet officially been released (the 12-sided 2016 coin) and one trial coin (12-sided dated 2015) also exists.

Specifications of the £1 coin are shown at the bottom of this page.

Details of all £1 coins are shown on separate pages, linked to below (click on text to see details for that date. Click on the image to see a larger version of that design):

1pound1983rev1983 One Pound 1pound1984thistle1984 One Pound 1pound1985leek1985 One Pound 1pound1986rev1986 One Pound 1pound1992rev1987 One Pound
1pound1988revpp1988 One Pound 1pound1984thistle1989 One Pound 1pound1985leek1990 One Pound 1pound1986rev1991 One Pound 1pound1992rev1992 One Pound
1pound1983rev1993 One Pound 1pound1994rev1994 One Pound 1pound2000rev1995 One Pound 1pound1996celticcross1996 One Pound 1pound1997threelions1997 One Pound
1pound1983rev1998 One Pound 1pound1994rev1999 One Pound 1pound2000rev2000 One Pound 1pound1996celticcross2001 One Pound 1pound1997threelions2002 One Pound
1pound1983rev2003 One Pound 1pound2004rev2004 One Pound 1pound2005rev2005 One Pound 1pound2006rev2006 One Pound 1pound2007_rev2007 One Pound
1pound1983rev2008 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2008 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2009 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2010 One Pound 1pound2010belfast2010 One Pound
1pound2010london2010 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2011 One Pound 1pound2011cardiff2011 One Pound 1pound2011edinburgh2011 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2012 One Pound
1pound2008dentrev2013 One Pound 1pound2013england2013 One Pound 1pound2013wales2013 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2014 One Pound 1pound2014sco2014 One Pound
1pound2014ni2014 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2015 One Pound (4th) 1pound2008dentrev2015 One Pound (5th) pound2015armsr2015 One Pound 1pound2008dentrev2016 One Pound
pound2016r2016 One Pound 2016 One Pound 2017 One Pound
The Heads:
1pound1983obv1983-84 1pound1986obv1985-97 1pound2003obv1998-2008 1pound2008dentobv2008-15 1poundobvb2015-2016
2016-

Text only links, in case the table above does not display correctly:

1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (2 different £1 coins), 2009, 2010 (3 different £1 coins), 2011 (3 different £1 coins), 2012, 2013 (3 different £1 coins), 2014 (3 different £1 coins), 2015 (3 different £1 coins), 2016 (2 different £1 coins, only one of which will be seen in circulation), 2017 (Just the 12 sided new coin so far).

UK £1 coin specifications:

1983 to 2016 (round):

Size: 22.5mm
Thickness: 3.15mm
Metal Composition: 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc (referred to as nickel-brass)
Weight: 9.5 grammes

2016 onwards (12-sided):

Size: 23.03mm flat to flat, 23.43mm point to point.
Thickness: 2.8mm (published) but one checked from a BU set is 3.03mm to 3.1mm at the rim.
Metal Composition: Outer ring: 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc (referred to as nickel-brass). Inner round piece: nickel-brass plated with nickel.
Weight:8.75 grammes

Comments

  1. Zahir Siddique
    6th July 2016

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    I think 1998 there were 2 different £1.00 coin. One of on reverse has dragon.

    • CYC-Admin
      6th July 2016

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      No, there’s only one type for 1998. In 1999 they used the Scottish Lion and in 2000 the Welsh Dragon. Any £1 coins with mis matching reverses are usually forgeries.

  2. Ian Coltman
    22nd September 2016

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    I’ve got a £1 coin with 2009 date with a skull and some writing too small for me to read.yet not listed,can you advise please?

    • CYC-Admin
      22nd September 2016

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      It’s not a UK mainland coin. I can’t remember where it’s from, but it’s one of the territories (Jersey, Isle of Man etc).

      • Passing Ghost
        27th September 2016

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        It’s from Gibraltar.

        The tiny writing says…
        ‘Discovery of Neanderthal skull in Gibraltar 1848’

        Probably loads of them in Gibraltar.

    • Peter Clarke
      27th November 2016

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      It is issued by Gibralter. I have two.

  3. Em
    8th October 2016

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    I ytink I have2 £1 into error coins 2006 Egyptian arch and 2004 mule with mi strike 4th railway any help .thank you

    • CYC-Admin
      9th October 2016

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      Mismatching obverse/reverse and edge lettering always indicate a fake coin. Email pictures and I’ll check.

  4. Kimberley
    10th October 2016

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    Hi , I have a £1 coin with skull and some writing it’s year 2008 there nothing on here for that one, advise please

  5. KP
    11th October 2016

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    Finally finished, the 1988 coin took over a year to get despite asking for my change in coins everytime I shop!
    Thanks for this guide, it’s been useful to check my collection.

    • CYC-Admin
      11th October 2016

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      I wasn’t even looking and don’t actually spend much time in the UK, but I had one recently! Typical when you don’t really want one.

  6. Dan
    23rd October 2016

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    I have a one pound coin which is not listed in your list from above. It’s with “Tynwald Hill St. John’s Chapel”.

  7. Marius
    23rd October 2016

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    I have two 2 pounds with “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” but instead of “2001”, on on one appear “1998” and the other “1999”. Worth anything?

  8. Bry
    30th October 2016

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    Hi all I have a 1996 £1 coin the the 3 British lion on back was that design for that year or for 1997 thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      30th October 2016

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      Should be 1997 for that design, so it’s almost certainly a fake.

  9. Ellouise Hulme
    31st October 2016

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    Hello i have recently come across 2 £1 coins that i have never seen before please can i ask your advice on it if you send me email i can send pictures of both of them thanks

  10. Bry
    31st October 2016

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    Thank you cyc admin… thought it was a fake but thought I’d check…

  11. Bry
    31st October 2016

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    Also I have a £2 coin I found in my change the other day and one the edge of coin it reads pemember pemember fifth of November is this a error… thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd November 2016

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      It is an error, but not a particularly significant one. Lots of them seem to have ‘Pemember’ etc.

  12. Vince
    6th November 2016

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    I’ve been told the Charles Darwin £2 coin is valuable is this true.

  13. MrH
    8th November 2016

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    I have a 1998 £1 coin with a coat of arms on it (like the one on the 2008 coin). The head reads “Queen Elizabeth the Second”, which I’ve never seen. Is this real/worth anything?

  14. Easy B
    18th November 2016

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    I have 3 x 1988 pound coins and I am not sure which if any is genuine. The obverses and reverses are all correct but the positions of the inscriptions vary. Holding the coins vertically, one has the ‘et’ just off 12 o clock, with the second, it’s more like 1 o clock and the third has it at 2.30. Could you help please? Thanks in advance.

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      That’s normal. The orientation and position of the edge writing on all coins is completely random.

  15. Katie
    20th November 2016

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    I have found a 1996 castle and key £1 coin, I can’t find it on your website. Do you have any idea how much it is worth?

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      Gibraltar and other territory coins are not dealt with on this website I’m afraid. Sometimes they are worth more than face value, simply because they are not encountered often.

  16. Stephen
    26th November 2016

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    I have 1997, 2001 and 2012 one pound coins with Decus et Tutamen edge which reads reverse side up, but a 1991 coin which reads the same but obverse side up. All other coins edges seem to read obverse side up. Has the edge orientation been changed? I also have a 1998 coin that is so obviously a fake – with virtually every element wrong – that one wonders if the forger did it deliberately.

    • CYC-Admin
      27th November 2016

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      The orientation and position of the edge writing on all coins is completely random. It’s just a coincidence that most are one way.

  17. Sam
    7th December 2016

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    Hi, I found a two pound coin. On the tails outer ring it says ‘an act for the abolition of the slave trade’. The tails inner circle has a chain with 1807 written. It is a 2007 coin. The edge of the coin says ‘am I not a man and a brother’. Is this a real coin? If so, is it valuable? How many pounds?

    • CYC-Admin
      8th December 2016

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      Yes, it sounds very much like a real coin. In normal circulated condition it’s worth £2.

  18. PAUL
    2nd January 2017

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    hello, I have found a ‘flax’ £1 coin but it is dated
    1992 not 1991 as listed – is it very rare?

    • CYC-Admin
      3rd January 2017

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      It’ll be a fake one. There are no known actual errors where they have been made with the wrong reverse for the date.

  19. Gwillam
    5th January 2017

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    I have just received a 2013 £1.00 coin with Edge: DECUS ET TUTAMEN, and their is no rim beading on either side of the coin.And an oak branch and a rose for England and for Wales, is iit worth more than the face value please.

    • CYC-Admin
      6th January 2017

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      Sounds like the normal 2013 England floral £1 coin, which has a rose and oak representing England. And no rim beading as standard.

  20. DavidW
    7th January 2017

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    I have a Menai Bridge £1 coin which is dated 2004. Is it a fake?

  21. Deborah Townell
    7th January 2017

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    Hi I have a £1 coin on the Queens Head side it reads Elizabeth 11. DEI. GRA. REG. FID. DEF. 2015.
    THe Elizabeth bit is infront of her face. Is this a fake.

    • CYC-Admin
      8th January 2017

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      Is it perhaps a territory (Channel Islands, IOM etc) coin? I’d need to see pictures.

  22. Aiden
    10th January 2017

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    I am curious, you have listed 47 £1 coins but on the royal mint web site they mention the are 48 £1 coins. What is the 48th coin.
    Thank You

    • CYC-Admin
      10th January 2017

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      I don’t know. I counted only 45 on the Royal Mint website. My 47 includes the newest 12-sided coin which isn’t quite out yet. Mine also includes the 4th and 5th head of the normal shield reverse coin from 2008. The RM page (that I found) does not differentiate that one.

  23. Joseph evans
    13th January 2017

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    Will these coins have a collectable value once the new 12 sided pound coin comes in?

  24. Clare
    17th January 2017

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    I have £1 coin with Flax Plant design but the date is 1993 everything else is correct

    • CYC-Admin
      17th January 2017

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      So far all the coins I’ve seen with the wrong date for the reverse have been fakes.

  25. Alejandro
    17th February 2017

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    Excellent page and tips!!! The information posted by you help me to collect all 46 one coins release by RM until now.. Many thanks!!!

  26. Roy Liddle
    18th February 2017

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    If 1998 £1 was only in BU annual packs will there realistically be any in general circulation or will most of them be fakes?

    • CYC-Admin
      19th February 2017

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      I think a couple have been found before, but as they will only have come from broken up packs they are very hard to find. And there may well be forgeries of that date out there too.

  27. Debbie
    24th February 2017

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    I have a 2010 pound coin with London on it

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