2001 One Pound

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One £1 coin was issued in 2001. The theme was Northern Ireland and this reverse was also used in 1996.

Obverse Type 3 (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

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Reverse Type 9 (design by Norman Sillman):

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Edge: DECUS ET TUTAMEN.

Mintage for Circulation: 58,093,731

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley was used on all UK circulated coinage from 1998 to 2014 and on many coins dated 2015. It was the fourth portrait of the Queen used on coinage.

The reverse design shows the Celtic cross, part of the heraldic series by Norman Sillman. The edge inscription ‘DECUS ET TUTAMEN’ is Latin for ‘An ornament and safeguard’ and was originally used on coins so that the public could tell that the edge was complete, and therefore that the coin was of good weight (without clipped edges).

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