A first look at Britain’s New £1 Coin

The announcement of a new 12-sided £1 coin came with George Osborne’s budget last year. Now, prior to his latest budget, the Chancellor has taken to Twitter to give us a glimpse of how the new coin will look.

Osborne Tweet's a photo of the new £1 coin design

George Osborne Tweeted this photo of the new £1 coin design

A public competition was launched by the Royal Mint in September 2014 to find the new design, and the winner has now been revealed as fifteen-year-old David Pearce from Walsall.

His design was chosen from over 6,000 entries to the competition, and will first appear in our change when the new £1 coin is issued into circulation in 2017.

In his design, four floral emblems have been used to represent each of the constituent countries of the UK. A rose for England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Ireland.

HM Treasury tweeted the new £1 coin design

HM Treasury also tweeted news of the design



It is a concept inspired by a £1 coin series of the past, but a nice symbolic touch in this updated version is the amalgamation of all four emblems into one stem intersecting the Royal crown.

Commenting on the new coin, George Osborne said; “The competition captured the imagination of thousands of people and David Pearce’s winning design will be recognised by millions in the years ahead”.

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  1. Mandy Ward on March 20, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    why a leek? Why not a daffodil? If you’re going to do a design with “floral” elements, the daffodil is more appropriate than a leek… *shrugs*

  2. Elliot Reeves on March 18, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    whah that is good. Can’t wait for it to enter circulation!