HC Deb 23 December 1982 vol 34 c656W
Mr. Wheeler

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the present metal compositions of the United Kingdom gold, silver, cupronickel and bronze coins; what is the proposed composition of the £1 coin to be issued in 1983; and what plans he has to chang these.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

In accordance with the Coinage Act 1971 the standard metal composition of United Kingdom coin is:

Coin Composition
Gold Eleven-twelfths fine gold, one-twelfth alloy.
Silver coins of the Queen's Maundy Money Thirty-seven fortieths fine silver, three-fortieths alloy
Cupro-nickel Three-quarters copper, one-quarter nickel.
Bronze Mixed metal: copper, tin and zinc

In accordance with the Royal Proclamations dated 11 February 1982 the standard metal compositions of the 20p and £1 coin is:

Coin Composition
20p Eighty four per cent. copper and sixteen per cent. nickel
£1 Seventy per cent. copper, five and one-half per cent. nickel and twenty-four and one-half percent, zinc.

There are at present no plans to alter these although the matter is under review.