Old £1 Coins

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 lower 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 up the wrong way?: 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. It’s just a silly rumour started by a tabloid in December 2016.

There were 46 different ROUND £1 coins – 5 of which were available in sets only (1998, 1999, 2015 shield, 2016 shield, 2016 last round pound).

Two 12-sided £1 coins have officially been released (one dated 2016 and one dated 2017). More information on new £1 varieties here.

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
The Heads:
1pound1983obv1983-84 1pound1986obv1985-97 1pound2003obv1998-2008 1pound2008dentobv2008-15 1poundobvb2015-2016

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