Circulating mintage: 311,663,630
Years of issue:
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
1 - Common
In 2008 a new reverse design for the £1 was issued featuring the Royal Shield of Arms - designed by Timothy Noad. The edge inscription in Latin reads DECUS ET TUTAMEN which translates as; An Ornament and a Safeguard. This dates back to the first machine struck coins minted in 1662 and refers to the inscription itself which was intended to prevent people scraping valuable metal off the edge of the coin - a process known as 'clipping'.
Edge Inscription: DECUS ET TUTAMEN