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 June 2016 there are 46 different £1 coins.**

Specifications are 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)****:**

**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)

**UK £1 coin specifications:**

**Size:** 22.5mm

**Width:** 3.15mm

**Metal Composition:** 70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc (referred to as nickel-brass)

**Weight:** 9.5 grammes