PLEIDOL WYF I'M GWLAD - Inscription on British Coins

Author: Lawrence Chard - Chairman and CEO

Published: 28 Feb 2019

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2022


Inscription on British coins in Welsh translates to English as 'True am I to my country, taken form the chorus of the Welsh National Anthem.

Most of the inscriptions on British coins have traditionally been in Latin, and we are frequently asked what they mean, and also where they are found.


Pleidol Wif I'm Gwlad is taken from the chorus of the Welsh National Anthem,




Pleidol Wif I'm Gwlad on Edge of Welsh Pound Coins

Inscription Pleidol wif I'm gwlad
Language Welsh
Translation True am I to my country
Where Used Edge of 1985 Pound Welsh Leek Design
Where Used Edge of 1990 Pound Welsh Leek Design
Where Used Edge of 1995 Pound Welsh Dragon Design
Where Used Edge of 2000 Pound Welsh Dragon Design


Welsh Designs on The Pound

Leek Design on Reverse of 1985 & 1990 One Pound Coins

 Heraldic Dragon Design on Reverse of 1995 & 2000 One Pound Coins

The Welsh National Anthem

We know from experience that someone is bound to ask us the words of the Welsh National Anthem, so we might as well reproduce it below.

Please, whatever you do, don't ask us to sing it!

"Hen Wlad Fy Nhdau"

By W. & P. Williams

  1. Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
    Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogiono fri;
    Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
    Dros ryddid gollasant eu gwaed.
    • Chorus
      Gwlad! Gwlad! Pleidol wyf i'm gwlad,
      Tra mor yn fur l'r bur hoff bau,
      O, bydded i'r henaith barhay!
  2. Hen Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y barydd,
    Pob dyffryn, po clogwyn, i'm golwg sydd hardd;
    Trwy deimlad gwladgarol mor swynol yw si
    Ei nentydd afonydd i mi.
  3. Os treisodd y gelyn fy ngwlad dan ei droed,
    Mae heniaith y Cymry more fyw ag erioed;
    Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,
    Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

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Photo Gallery of Current British Coins

Value of my Coin. What's it Worth?

British Coin Denominations. What's a Groat,? etc.

Common Names of British Coins. What's a Tanner?

Engravers and Sculptors of British Coins

George V Inscriptions

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