This 1989 Scottish Thistle silver proof one pound coin was designed by Leslie Durbin, CBE. This is the second time this series of engravings featuring the floral emblems of the countries of the United Kingdom.
This proof coin is struck in 0.925 sterling silver fineness and comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. The £1 coin is British legal tender and is exempt form Capital Gains Tax.
The edge is not only milled but also inscribed with the motto of the Order of the Thistle. This inscription in Latin reads:
"NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT"
This may be translated as "No-one provokes me with impunity".
On the milled edge of the coin is the Llantrisant mint mark - a cross crosslet. The 1983 pound was the first United Kingdom coin to be struck with this distinctive feature. The shape of the cross alluding to Llantrisant, which translated from the Welsh means "Church or Parish of the Three Saints".
On 28 March 2017, the circulated round pound was replaced by the 12 sided £1 coin. On the 15 October the round £1 coin will cease to be legal tender.
The obverse bears the new, third portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael David Maklouf which was introduced in 1985.
The reverse of the 1989 pound shows a Scottish thistle encircled by the Royal Diadem (crown). Each of the years 1985, 1986, and 1987 was to carry a similar design, each with its own national plant or flower within the Royal Diadem. The reverse design is by renowned silversmith Leslie Durbin, CBE.
|Version||Diameter (mm)||Weight (grams)||Metal||Alloy||Actual Metal Weight (troy ounces)||Issue Limit|
|Uncirculated in Folder||22.50||9.50||Nickel-brass|
|Silver Proof||22.50||9.50||Silver||0.925 Silver||0.2825||45,000|
|Piedfort Silver Proof||22.50||19||Silver||0.925 Silver||0.5650||15,000|
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