1998 represents a notable moment in numismatic history, with the premier circulating coin uniting two memorable designs - the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Arms, Britain's noblest heraldic emblem - thereby creating the definitive one pound coin.
In their present form the Royal Arms remain essentially those of Queen Victoria and today represent the Queen's sovereignty over the whole of the United Kingdom. Created for the original one pound of 1983, the finely detailed depiction of the Royal Arms is by Eric Sewell, formerly Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint.
The obverse carries the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fourth to feature on the circulating coinage since Her Majesty's accession in 1952. The power design, capturing the Queen in a realistic profile, is the work of sculptor and medallist Ian Rank-Broadley.
Piedforts are coins which have been struck on thicker than normal blanks. As their name suggests, they have close associations with France, where from the twelfth century they were apparently issued by the King as presentation pieces.
This one pound coin weighs 19.00 grammes, measures 22.50 millimetres in diameter and is struck to the highest Proof quality in sterling (.925) silver. Only 10,000 silver Proof one pound Piedfort coins have been authorised for worldwide distribution.
The 1998 Silver Proof Piedfort One Pound Coin is encapsulated and housed in the original Royal Mint box, complete with certificate of authenticity.
An essential addition for the Silver collectors amongst you.