Monday, March 26, 2012

1985 British Pound

Do you have British penny and want to know its value? Leave a comment

I am always confused what to call them. Are they British coins, coins from the United Kingdom, or coins from Great Britain? It is the third most common coin I have behind the U.S. and Canada. I have either found or got in coin lots 227 British coins most in the past fifteen years.

 
 
 
 
 

Love that edge it says + PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD which means either True To My Land or True am I to my country. Either way it is Welsh with goes with the yummy Welsh leek on the reverse. The edge is both reeded and incused with words to stop counterfeiting. Unfortunately it has not worked with up to 3% of all pound coins circulating are estimated to be fake, that is 41 million coin.

So a few years ago when American dollar coins got edge lettering it was in response to the growing South American counterfeiters. Columbia in particular have faked American dollar coins for a few cent each and flooded that and surrounding countries since American money is more stable and legal to use.  

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Pound / Great Britain
Year: 1985
Mintage: 228,431,000
Metal: Nickel-Brass
Value: $1.59 in VF (very-fine)

These British coins take up a lot of space in the vault, by that I mean a fat envelope in a shoe box, and most have retained face value if not more.

Update: Just wanted to add some US Dollar vs British Pound coin comparisons.

 

The British Pound is much thicker but a smaller diameter which makes it better to use, but do not expect that to happen in the U.S. since coin machines would have to be redone costing millions.

Do you have a coin from Great Britain and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

52 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Tyler Lawrence said...

I never seen a British pound before, I'm glad you posted this!

Man said...

I never seen a British pound before, I'm glad you posted this!

I should have put some scale to it, comparing it to U.S. coins.

Hey wait I own this blog I can do that now!

Anonymous said...

Do you know why most pound coins are so worn? Is it the high usage?

Man said...

Do you know why most pound coins are so worn? Is it the high usage?


Yes, since they no longer use pound notes the coin gets very high usage.

The thick and heaviness also plays a role since a lighter coin would get bent and then pulled from circulation. These coins do not bend easily and will be known as a pound coin even if the are very worn.

Duncan Hill said...

"British coins" or "Coins from the United Kingdom" is correct. British is the adjective meaning "from the UK". Great Britain is the UK's largest island, but is not a country.

Man said...

"British coins" or "Coins from the United Kingdom" is correct. British is the adjective meaning "from the UK". Great Britain is the UK's largest island, but is not a country.

Thanks, it is listed in coin books as "Great Britain".

I like the slang British it is like calling a U.S. One Cent a penny. Penny in the U.S. is wrong but still commonly used.

falon said...

How much is a coin like this for

Man said...

How much is a coin like this for

Like what? Please be specific.

brittany reyes said...

I have a 1987 one pound coin how much do u think its worth?

Man said...

1987 one pound coin

About $1.75

Anonymous said...

Got a 1985 one pound coin, whats it worth?

Man said...

1985 one pound coin

About $1.55

Anonymous said...

I had a one pound 1985 coin what is its price - santosh

Man said...

one pound 1985 coin about $1.50

Margie Hill said...

I have an Elizabeth 2 1983 twenty pence coin any help with value would be great. Thank you 😊

Anonymous said...

Just found this coin rattling around in a coin machine in central usa today. Thanks for the images and description..very cool to find this so quickly on the internet!

Man said...

Elizabeth 2 1983 twenty pence coin

About $0.25

Man said...

Just found this coin rattling around in a coin machine in central usa today. Thanks for the images and description..very cool to find this so quickly on the internet!

You're welcome and thanks for the visit.

Anonymous said...

British is not an adjective meaning "from the UK". It is an adjective meaning from Briton, or England. Just go ahead and tell a Scotsman or Welshman they are British, I think you will find out it is the incorrect nomenclature. It is a UK coin, used in Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Zazel said...

"British is not an adjective meaning "from the UK". It is an adjective meaning from Briton, or England. Just go ahead and tell a Scotsman or Welshman they are British, I think you will find out it is the incorrect nomenclature. It is a UK coin, used in Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland".

Let agree to disagree...
British, Brit or Briton > relating to the United Kingdom, its people and language.
English people, Welsh people, Scottish people and People of Northern Ireland are all British... and so the coins!

Man said...

@Anonymous and @Zazel
Almost clarified that for me. For know I will use the common term of British.

It is like calling a U.S. cent a penny, technically it's wrong but it is so common that it does not matter.

Duncan Hill said...

Anonymous from December 31, 2015 above really hasn't got a clue!

England is not also called "Briton". A Briton is a person from the UK, i.e. a British person. Britain simply is a short form of "the United Kingdom", and British means "from the UK". That is official usage. (It's somewhat similar to how American means "from the USA").

Scotsmen and Welshmen ARE British. I can't understand why anyone would think otherwise. I live in Wales and my passport says I am a "British citizen", unsurprisingly enough!

In fact the Scots and Welsh are probably "more British than the English" ethnically, since they are mostly descended from Celtic tribes who were known as the Priteni. The Romans then called the land "Britannia" after the Priteni, which is where the terms Britain and British come from.

The Angles (and Saxons and other Germanic tribes) only arrived from the continent after the 5th Century AD, and they give us the words England and English.

PS. For some reason coin and stamp books refer to the UK as "Great Britain", but this incorrect. Great Britain is an island, not a country. Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but not in Great Britain.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the four countries that make up the UK. The first 3 countries are in Great Britain; the latter is in the island of Ireland, bordering the Republic of Ireland.

My link may be helpful.

Kimm8stuff said...

British one pound coin 2008

Kimm8stuff said...

British 2011 20 Pence

Kimm8stuff said...

British 2001 2 Pence

Kimm8stuff said...

1984 British one pound coin

Kimm8stuff said...

1983 one pound coin

Man said...

...PS. For some reason coin and stamp books refer to the UK as "Great Britain", but this incorrect.

For the purpose of this blog I will continue to use the standards established in books for numismatic. Of course this may change and I will update if necessary. To all the British, Britons, and folks from the U.K. please understand.

Man said...

British one pound coin 2008
--About $1.50

British 2011 20 Pence
--About $0.30

British 2001 2 Pence
--About $0.03

1984 British one pound coin
--About $1.50

1983 one pound coin
--About $1.50

(Scott_80) said...

I have one of these

Apple Koolaid said...

I have 2 one pound 1985 coins how would someone is it worth if i sale to someone? ELIZABETH II PLEIDIOL WYF IM GWLAD +. Same as above can you help me??

Apple Koolaid said...

I need to know if took this one pound coins as collateral what are they worth?

Apple Koolaid said...

Where can i get the one pound coins apprised? In California United States

Man said...

I have one of these

Cool.

Man said...

one pound 1985 coins

About $2.00 if not circulated.

Selling would be difficult since this is a common coin.

Srinivasan S said...

I have one pound 1985 coins how would someone is it worth if i sale to someone? ELIZABETH II PLEIDIOL WYF IM GWLAD + Pl tele me the value my mail I'd Senudhiraj@gmail.com

Man said...

one pound 1985 coins

About $1.00 each if circulated

RAVI KUMAR said...

Sir I have a coin one pound 1984 this coin one side picture Elizabeth 11nd and other side tree please tell me what is the price for this coin

Man said...

one pound 1984 this coin one side picture Elizabeth 11nd and other side tree

About $1.25

mitchell De Villiers said...

How much zar will I get for a 1985 Elizabeth 2 coin at the bank

Man said...

How much zar will I get for a 1985 Elizabeth 2 coin at the bank

If you mean British 2 Pounds then about 34 Rands

betman said...

i have a 1985 pound with the errors in the side letters PLEIDIOL WYF IM GWLAD. at IN the ' is missingg is there an extra value in that?

Man said...

1985 pound with the errors in the side letters PLEIDIOL WYF IM GWLAD. at IN the ' is missingg is there an extra

No extra value, Struck Through Grease Error.

Unknown said...

Have a 2016 Elizabeth lol DG REG FD one pound. What is it worth

Man said...

2016 Elizabeth lol DG REG FD one pound

About $1.30

SandraCinalli said...

I have taken apart an antique dresser to restore and found this coin under the mirror section. Obviously it was left there on purpose. I'm in Perth Australia so no idea if it's worth anything. It's a 1985 One Pound that says on the outside pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad

Man said...

1985 One Pound that says on the outside pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad

About $2.00 common just exchange value.

Naomi Esther Farrell said...

Hi i have 6 one pounds with all the names on it and one with patens on it is it worth something or saleing

Man said...

6 one pounds with all the names on it and one with patens on it

Depends on year and condition but most are just face value.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1995 one pound welsh dragon coin and i want to know what it is worth in aud

Anonymous said...

I have 2 one pound 1985 coins how would someone is it worth if i sale to someone? ELIZABETH II PLEIDIOL WYF IM GWLAD +. Could you please help me sell them?

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of them Elizabeth coins and other big ones I want to know how much is it worth if say I went to the store and bought something how much Is it worth or how much money it is or have like a 20 dollar coin so is this like a dollar coin since it says one pound?