COIN
Great Britain 1983 ONE POUND £1 Royal Arms Proof Coin
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Denomination
1 Pound Sterling
Minted Date/Year
1983 CE
Coin Type
Commemorative Coin
Punch / Orientation
↑↑ Medal
Front Legend
D•G•REG•F•D•1983 ELIZABETH•II
Back Legend
DIEU ET MON DROIT HONNI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
Rim / Edge Legend
DECUS ET TUTAMEN
Head of State
Queen Elizabeth II
Mint
Royal Mint
Composition
Copper-Nickel-Zinc
Coin Edge
Milled/Reeded - Vertical
Coin Shape
Round - Circular
Diameter
22.5 mm
Weight
9.5 g
Thickness
3.15 mm
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Proof
Great Britain 1983 ONE POUND £1 Royal Arms Proof Coin
Composition: Nickel-Brass (70% copper, 5.5% nickel, 24.5% zinc)
Obverse Designer for Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen was Arnold Machin
Reverse Designer for Royal Arms representing the United Kingdom was designed by Eric Sewell

Total minted of proof coins were 108,000 pieces. These legal tender coins have been struck to proof quality using specially prepared dies and highly polished blanks.

BACKGROUND

The United Kingdom coinage is kept under constant review. By 1980 it had become apparent that with the general decline in purchasing power, the £1 unit of currency was more appropriate to a coin than a banknote. The note was in constant use on average lasting only nine months, whereas a coin can last as long as forty years or more and with the growth in the vending industry it was felt that a coin would be more useful.

After consultation with many groups including retailers and special interest groups, the Government announced on 31 July 1981 that a new £1 coin that was to be issued on 21 April 1983.

The coin was introduced on 21 April 1983 to replace the Bank of England one pound note, which ceased to be issued at the end of 1984 and was removed from circulation (though still redeemable at the Bank's offices, like all British coins and banknotes) on 11 March 1988.

To make it easy to identify, the £1 coin is thicker than other coins while the 'yellow' colour allowed it to stand out from the cupro-nickel 'silver' coins already in circulation. The weight of the coin was decided largely on the grounds of cost and the need to allow for higher denomination coins in due course.

The £1 coin has the standard obverse designs used on all contemporary British coins, namely the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II byArnold Machin in 1983 and 1984, by Raphael Maklouf from 1985 through 1997, and by Ian Rank-Broadley from 1998 onwards. All have had the inscription ELIZABETH•II D•G•REG•F•D .

D. G. REG. F. D. are abbreviations for Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor,  meaning; Grace of God, Queen Defender of Faith

Unique among modern British coinage, the £1 coin (except for 2004-2007 and the 2010-2011 'capital cities' designs) has a mint mark: a small crosslet found on the milled edge that represents Llantrisant in South Wales, where the Royal Mint has been based since 1968.

In 1983 a total of 443,053,510 were minted for public circulation.

EDGE

Edge inscription: DECUS ET TUTAMEN ("An ornament and a safeguard" – originally on 17th century coins, this refers to the inscribed edge as a protection against the clipping of precious metal. The original appearance of the phrase is attributed to an epic poem by Virgil — "viro decus et tutamen in armis" (Aeneid, Book V, L. 262), describing a piece of armour, a breast-plate interwoven with gold, which was awarded as a prize to Mnestheus.) Designed by Eric Sewell.

DECUS ET TUTAMEN is the motto of a British Army cavalry regiment, later artillery - The Essex Yeomanry, established in 1794. The motto was confirmed by King Edward VII in 1909 when it was added to a regimental guidon (or colours) presented to the Essex Yeomanry regiment by the King. The definitions are: "decus" - virtue, honour or glory; and "tutamen" - defence or protection, thus the meaning is said to be "honour and defence".
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#191 Wednesday 09 May 2018 07:04:03 AM
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#190 Wednesday 09 May 2018 06:52:23 AM
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#188 Tuesday 08 May 2018 04:25:19 AM
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#187 Tuesday 08 May 2018 04:17:05 AM
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#186 Tuesday 08 May 2018 03:34:00 AM
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#185 Tuesday 08 May 2018 03:28:15 AM
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#179 Thursday 05 April 2018 03:27:09 AM
doc
South Africa

Hi ! I have DC REG FD 1983 Elizabeth all and DECUS ET TUTAMEN + inscribed on the edge I would lyk to know the exact value of this coin
#172 Tuesday 30 January 2018 01:34:48 AM
Luz Dos Santos Capitao
South Africa

Good day i have a 1983 "one pound" sterling ELIZABETH.11 D.C.REG.F.D and DECUS ET TUTAMEN inscribed on the edge what would the value be of this coin.
#171 Saturday 20 January 2018 07:03:47 PM
Martina Pa
India

Wow... i have found 1 pound coin of 1983 from the local market, please tell me the exact value of this coin.
#170 Friday 19 January 2018 04:54:46 PM
Mary
United States

Hi! I do have exactly Great Britain 1983 1 pound Royal proof coin Elizabeth 11 D.G.REG.F.D 1983 and in the edge says DECUS  ET TUTAMEN  +. I want to know how much is it ? I believe this is the real minted  443,053,510 for public circulation and it very thick coins.also at the edge proof is exactly  what it says that based on 17th century coins. Please let me know the exact value. Thanks a lot.
#169 Sunday 31 December 2017 09:07:44 PM
Billy Brown
United States

I have a D.G.REG.PF.D.1O83. ELIZABETH.ll. POUND DECUS ET TUTAMEN AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MUCH THEY ARE WORTH IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, UNITED STATES?
#159 Monday 13 November 2017 03:12:36 PM
Pankaj Parmar
India

Hi... 
 I have D.G.REG.F.D.1983
ELIZABETH.2 ... 
 Coin ... so plzzz rare coin velue & send indian rupee of this coin.. 

THANKS... 
 
#153 Thursday 28 September 2017 09:39:14 AM
vinayak patgwaker
India

Eilizabeth 1983 one pound  coin
#152 Wednesday 27 September 2017 01:08:11 AM
Aj
Australia

Current value of 1983one pound Elizabeth 2 D.G.REG.F.D 1983 ET TUTAMEN 
#150 Thursday 31 August 2017 03:07:56 PM
Vickey
United States

Tell me it's price at present....
 
#149 Thursday 31 August 2017 03:07:14 PM
Vickey
United States

Found one pound coin...
#146 Friday 07 July 2017 12:09:16 PM
Jan
Australia

Wondering how much is a gold 1 pound coin worth 1983 with decus et tutamen worth
#136 Wednesday 19 April 2017 02:51:59 AM
Chiquilin
United States

U have a 1983 Elizabeth the 2 coin that has 1 pound it says decus te tutamen how much is it worth
#127 Thursday 24 November 2016 08:23:35 PM
Ilyas
India

I have 1 coin of british pound 1983 elizabeth2  
D.G.REG.F.D 1983 
ET TUTAMEN
written on it
how much value this coin has now in india.
#120 Thursday 15 September 2016 08:57:52 PM
Hazkai
Malaysia

How many can i get if i re-sell it in malaysia? Is there any value to this coin?
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