During the First World War, Great Britain had to abandon the minting of gold coins and as a result started to issue the pound in the form of paper money. These pound bills soon became very popular and were often used. Pursuant to this, they wore off rather quickly and had to be replaced approximately every six months. A modern coin, on the other hand, has a durability of about 100 years! That is why in 1983, it was decided to henceforth issue the 1- and 2-pound denominations in the form of coins again. This was the beginning of the history of the modern British pound-coin, which was not made of precious metals any more, but of nickel-bronze.