The new £1 coin winning design revealed

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon George Osborne has this morning revealed the winning design for the new £1 coin following the public design competition launched in September 2014. The final design, which will feature as the definitive reverse of the coin – the ‘tails’ side – is based on a design submitted by fifteen-year-old David Pearce from Walsall.


It was in George Osborne’s Budget speech last year, on 19 March 2014, that the nation had the first glimpse of a prototype for the new 12-sided £1 coin, as the Chancellor revealed that HM Treasury believed there was a compelling case for introducing a new £1 coin. So it seems fitting that he chose this year’s Budget day to announce the winning design on his Twitter account:


Entrants were asked to create a design which symbolised the United Kingdom and entries included cups of tea, flags, maps, the weather, famous writers, seaside piers, and even the Rolling Stones motif.

It was fifteen-year-old David Pearce’s floral concept that was selected as the favourite from some 6,000 entries. The final design features four emblems to represent each of the nations of the United Kingdom – the rose for England, the leek for Wales, the thistle for Scotland, and the shamrock for Northern Ireland – emerging from a single stem within a crown. These emblems have long been used to represent each of the nations, and have featured on UK coins as recently as 2013/14 on four floral £1 coin designs.

David Pearce’s design has been refined for use on the final coin with the support of the renowned numismatic artist David Lawrence – who designed the 2015 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo UK £5 coin – and lettering expert Stephen Raw – who also advised Jody Clark on the lettering for his fifth Royal portrait design.

What do you think of the winning £1 coin design?

  • Love it (55%, 1,940 Votes)
  • Like it (29%, 1,015 Votes)
  • It's OK (8%, 266 Votes)
  • Not for me (6%, 212 Votes)
  • Neither Like or Dislike it (2%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,501

The new £1 coin is expected to enter circulation during 2017. For more information, visit

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  • Terry McElligott

    Congratulations to David Pearce on his winning design.
    My question is ; Will the Mint keep in the tradition of putting the date on the obverse side of the new design £1 coin ?

  • Chris Gurney

    So our Aussie 50c coin has a new stable mate hey? :D

    • Simon Hawkins

      Un-stable mate, mate ;-)

      • Chris Gurney

        Speak for yourself my pink wabbit says I’m very stable, mate XD

        • SaintEnoch

          One of us has mis-read Simon’s reply. I saw it as the pound being unstable

          • Chris Gurney

            Yeah sitting the 50c on its side can be a challenge…

      • Simon Hawkins

        You’ve got a pink Wabbit too?
        Brilliant! Don’t worry, you are in safe hands. N.b. Intended meaning is ‘The COIN is an Un-stable mate to your 50c’
        re you said ” the Aussi 50c has a new stable-mate”. T’was only a pun, so hope no harm done. P.S. Mine’s says his name is Harvey, by the way.

  • Charles F Ayton

    liking the new one pound coin very much and for the design won by someone so young is just fantastic well done David Pearce wishing you a great future and well done to all involved i can barely wait to get this into my grandchildren s collection

  • Chiman Patel

    What is going to happen to all the slots where the pound coins are inserted.

    • Gemma M

      There goes the price of arcade games!

    • Simon Hawkins

      Use other denominations or Trolley Tokens.

  • Plantagenet Robinson

    I quite like it, although it is more traditional than original, and I think young David Pearce was lucky to win. I think it would look better with the daffodil and the flax flower rather than the leek and the shamrock, especially as the shamrock mainly symbolises a country which uses the euro. Let’s hope Scotland stays with us, otherwise they will have to think again .

  • trebor569

    I feel all nostalgic! Its so reminiscent of the old threepeny bit. Love it

    • Ady Miles

      i think more original, modern designs should be chosen

  • Gemma M

    I really like it. The four emblems are really nice. :)

  • SaintEnoch

    I do like it but will it work on shopping trolleys? :(

    • Simon Hawkins

      Or maybe just use a (charity fund-raising / fave football team) Key-ring Trolley Token?

    • Ady Miles

      The supermarkets will probably scrap doing the pound coin thing, as it will cost far too much to replace all of the trolley devices.

  • PJ1969

    Like it. Looks like a cross between a thrupenny bit and a wreath crown (except with Wales not left out this time). Agree with the comment that the leek looks a bit incongruous – like a triffid – a daffodil may have been better. Last time I was in Paris with my inflatable leak the locals thought it was a squid, until I explained it’s like an onion, only longer. Not sure how many people would instantly recognise a flax flower in place of a shamrock though.
    Could be a good idea to alternate the left-to-right placement of the national emblems (whether they be flowers, scrubs or calamari) depending on the date of issue, so as to help confound the forgers…..

  • Patrick Green

    this will cost the tax payers a mint as the council will have to pay to alter every pay point in car parks to take the new coin & as we all know it is footed by as tax payers just stick a new design on the old coin it is not rocket science

    • Simon Hawkins

      I read that car parks will – at varying rates of replacement- become credit/debit/NFC card enabled. Similarly Shopping Trolleys won’t cost mega amounts to change, but just use ( charity fund raising) trolley tokens, available in all good stores.

  • Colin McGowan

    I am old enough to remember the Thruppeny or Three Pence piece (pre decimal 1971) and all George Osborne is really telling us is that the Pound in your pocket is only worth Three Pence…..So Nostalgic it might be, but inspirational it is not, but what can one expect from a Chancellor who is dull as ditch water.

    • Simon Hawkins

      I’m guessing the the absence of a question mark at the end of your post suggests that the last line is more of a statement than an invitation for answers, yes/no?

      • Colin McGowan

        You are correct! But it didn’t stop reply’s coming as yours and other’s are testaments to that.

    • Ady Miles

      I agree. It’s not either inspirational, modern or contemporary.

      However, the Chancellor did not choose the design. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee did. They then show it the Queen, and then to the Chancellor. Providing they both approve it, it enters public circulation in 2016.

  • Kennetator

    I agree – this new £1 coin will remind people of a certain age of the old threepenny bit. On reflection, it’ll probably buy about as much. too!

    • Simon Hawkins

      That’d be about right! I remember ‘Bar Six’ (predecessor to Kitkat) being 1d and now you can get a Kitkat triple pack in Poundland!

    • Ady Miles

      exactly. too conservative and old-fashioned. too “safe”

  • Ady Miles

    it’s not bad. a bit boring though, but that seems to be the way the Royal Mint Committee pick winning designs in recent years! i also think the leek root distracts from the crown; i also do not like the typeface and size of the “ONE POUND” text.

    • Lee Breeze

      I think it is one root for all the flora. Like the UK, one root for all countries

  • peter reavey

    I entered the competition, have the distinction prizes been awarded yet?

    • Ady Miles

      what Distinction prizes? do you mean the ones for younger entrants?

  • Simon Hawkins

    The new £1 obverse speaks not as it could have, of inclusiveness & unity, but suggests the discomfort of a confected, crowded togetherness. It’s also a messy design.

    • Ady Miles

      I agree with most of this, except I think it works as an overall design. I just think it’s too conservative and old-fashioned to represent the United Kingdom from 2016 onwards.

      • Simon Hawkins

        Thank you Ady. It definitely comes over as crusty and old school, doesn’t it? As in my ‘hemmed in’ and your ‘old-fashioned’ it’s as if it is trying to MAKE us stay with the way things have always been, which as you say ain’t good for
        Interesting you find the design works; I feel the bi-metal boundary ought to have been integrated rather than ignored. A Classic goof: Gift-horse, Mouth. Stop me when I make sense :-)

        • Ady Miles

          By “works”, Simon, I mean about half of the public will like it. It’s a “safe” choice. The boring choice. That’s not to say it’s a bad design. I quite like it. I just don’t think like it enough! Congrats to David for winning at just 15 years old though!!

          • Simon Hawkins

            Indeed, it does show a high level of technical skill, I should have qualified re that point. The other points are not mutually exclusive of course, it’s one of those scenarios where several factors have to come together; Technical skill, message conveyance, maintenance of ideas and perceived values. Blinking tricky, the more I think about it! ‘Hats-off’ to him, but can we have another one for 2017?
            Thanks for the reminder Ady, that did need tidying up. Cheers, S.

          • Ady Miles

            to be fair, each time i look it, the more i like it.

  • Ady Miles

    Yes, a bit boring and old-fashioned


    I think the new £1 coin is brilliant.

  • Terry McElligott

    If it’s the same size as the current £1 coin then it should still fit the slots in the trolley’s and other payment machines. I am sure they tested this out with blanks before now.

  • dalsart

    I’ll have 50’000 please?

  • Frances taŷlor

    When can I buy one