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.
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.
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.
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.