The Great One Pound Coin Race Starts Today – just 250 days to own a complete £1 Coin Collection

You have just 250 days to collect all 24 Round £1 Coin Designs. 


They’ve been a part of our lives for 33 years but the Round Pound Coin will be withdrawn from circulation forever on the 15th October this year.

Starting from today, we’re encouraging collectors across the UK, to join the biggest race of its kind ever held – The Great One Pound Coin Race.

It’s totally FREE to enter the Race and by entering you’ll be able to:

  • Collect all 24 circulating £1 coins direct from your change
  • Receive collecting tips and suggestions to help you complete your One Pound Collection
  • Track your progress with the Change Checker web app or on your FREE downloadable £1 Coin Race Sheet
  • Swap coins online with other collectors to help complete your collection
  • Win exclusive Gold-plated One Pound Coin Race Participant’s Medals
  • Receive exclusive participant’s discounts and savings


33 Years of Round £1 Coins.  24 Designs.  Gone in 250 days.


The first £1 coin was issued in 1983

The first £1 coin entered circulation right back in 1983 and featured the Royal Coat of Arms as its design.  It was quickly followed the next year with a Scottish thistle design, followed by the Welsh leek, Northern Irish flax and the English oak in subsequent years.

In total 24 different designs have entered circulation with five different series representing the component countries of the UK.  The remaining four designs have all been variations on the theme of the Royal Coats Arms.  A final, twenty-fifth Round Pound Coin was issued by The Royal Mint in 2016 but it never entered general circulation.

Scarce £1 Coins still available for face value in your change

Of course some £1 coins are much rarer than others.  It’s partly because mintages of the different designs vary vastly, from less than 1 million coins to over 300 million.  But that’s only part of the story.  Older issues are also often more difficult to find, especially in good condition.

The 3 lowest mintage £1 coins come from a series of UK Capital Cities issued in 2010/11

The three lowest mintage £1 coins in circulation come from a series of UK Capital City coins issued in 2010/11, with Edinburgh being the rarest with a mintage of 935,000 coins – just 0.04% of all the £1 coins ever struck.

But it’s still possible to find even these rare coins in your change along with all of the other 21 circulation £1 coins.  But only for the next 250 days.

Once the 15 October has passed, you will have little chance of building a complete collection of £1 Coins at anything like their face value.  So …

on your marks…

Get set…


The Great One Pound Coin Race is on.  Start your race today, before it’s too late.



  1. Fabriciano on March 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Ask your friends to check their change through Facebook. I need the 3 main capital cities! So I have a decent quality picture of the needed ones and created a post on Facebook!

  2. Jackie on March 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I have 6 full sets of £1.00 coins but need the £1.00 folders to put them in for 6 grandchildren does anyone no where I can get the folders please

  3. Jerry Gale on February 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Have all 25 inc last round pound 2016 and i to am just trying to get better ones

  4. Barbara on February 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I have been collecting for a while and today got the final coin to complete!

    • Ian C on February 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      I have all 44 £1coins issued as per the Royal Mint website!!

  5. Beverley Whitby on February 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    go into you local café/ restaurant/ hairdressers etc and ask to check the staff tips boxes then swap out any £1 coins that are lurking there…

  6. pete ashley on February 8, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    buy a newspaper with a ten pound note and ask for all one pound coins in your change

  7. Tricia on February 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I already have the change checker album with the £1 coins collection. Can I buy the completers medal separately, or do I need to buy another change checker album?

  8. Willie Small on February 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Already have them. I am now trying the to get better grade coins.

  9. Nicholas Skinner on February 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Just ordered mine, have most of the special designs already, always wanted an album for them. Hope I get a medal