Royal Mint Issues Collector Versions of Last “Round Pound”

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The Royal Mint UK has released two collector versions of its last “round pound,” a design that has been circulated for 30 years and will be replaced by a twelve-sided pound coin in 2017. Collectors can choose from a 92.5% silver Proof Piedfort commemorative round pound as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated clad issue.

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The obverse of 2016’s round pound features the heraldic beasts of the United Kingdom as designed by Gregory Cameron. Inscribed near the rim is the coin’s denomination, ONE POUND.

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The obverse features Jody Clark’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, DEI GRA REG FID DEF (an abbreviation of the Latin “By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith”), and 2016.

Priced at £100.00, the silver Piedfort coin weighs 19 grams, measures 22.5 mm in diameter, and has a mintage limited to 3,000 pieces. Its thickness is described as twice that of a standard £1 silver coin.

This issue’s product page on the Mint’s Web site notes that over 75% of these coins have been sold and that the item is not available for online purchases at present. Secondary vendors on sites like eBay are offering the coin for additional premiums ranging from minimal to significant.

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The Brilliant Uncirculated version of the coin is available for £10.00 and will begin shipping “within three weeks,” according to the item’s product page. It comes packaged in a fold-out presentation pack.

For more information on collector versions of the UK’s last round pound, please visit the Web site of the Royal Mint.

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  1. KCSO says

    I like it.., it like it a lot.
    Too bad it’s all but sold out with a jacked up price..

    Still waiting on my Beast to present itself, at least the price it beginning to come down though it appears the RM is withholding stock on their website.

  2. Xena says

    The Pound is one of my favorite coins, sorry to see the round pound go.

    KCSO – my Beast’s arrived on Sat – beautiful! Cudos to you for identifying Coin Shoppe and to them for carrying them and for good communication.

    The Privateer capsule & gasket doesn’t work as well as I hoped – need a really thin gasket.

  3. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Good, glad to hear it. I should have bought mine then too and have all but given up hope that the RM will make the Beast available soon. Either they’re way behind on tremendous demand, or there’s some monkey business going on with their distribution still, I suspect it’s both. Great to hear they look as good in person. While my work schedule is subject to change with a day out, in the ride in to the fort next week is still on, it’ll be a nice break from the hectic commute.

  4. KCSO says

    A bunch of dealers appear to have bought heavily into these and it seems to be back firing on them, they’re posting them for sell on the bay and there doesn’t seem to be many takers.

    They’re asking way too much for a half ounce of Sterling that will likely have little to no long term demand.

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