The year 1984 is significant for the United Kingdom coinage as it heralds the appearance of the first of a series of new reverse designs for the on-pound coin.
By Royal Proclamation of 20th April 1983, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II authorised four new designs for the reverse of the one-pound coin. The designs, to be issued annually for the next four years, will represent England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The first to appear is the Scottish design, which will be used on all the one-pound coins to be struck with the date 1984.
The Scottish reverse appropriately shows the thistle, the floral emblem of Scotland. The Latin motto of the Order of the Thistle, NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT (No-one provokes me with impunity), appears on the edge of the coin. Both the thistle and motto can be found on Scottish coins issued before the Union in 1707, and therefore recall for coin collectors a time, centuries ago, when Scotland had a distinctive coinage of her own.
In all four designs, a Royal Diadem has been included, familiar as the diadem which Her Majesty The Queen wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament. The obverse of the coin shows the Arnold Machin portrait of The Queen which first appeared on the UK coinage in 1968.
The one pound coin is in a presentation folder and is of uncirculated quality and has been carefully handled to avoid damage.
Diameter – 22.5mm
Weight – 9.5g
Alloy – Nickel-brass