The pound coin might feel like it has been with us since the beginning of decimal currency, but until 1984 we used a banknote. In that year the pound coin was introduced and it featured this design, the Ensigns Armorial of the United Kingdom.
Most years the pound features commemorative designs: there have been national symbols, bridges, cities, flora and even mythical creatures. In fact, this first design – the Ensigns Armorial – which is considered the definitive design on the pound coin, only ever featured on five year-dates! This is your chance to secure one of them in solid sterling silver and minted to Proof standards.