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Coin type: Two Pence (Bronze, Ironside design)
Description

The United Kingdom 2p coin was introduced on the 15 February 1971 with the introduction of a new decimal currency system. The other two coins issued at this time were the 1/2p and 1p coins.

To avoid confusion between the old and new coinage all three coins had the word 'NEW' incorporated into the reverse design. This was subsequently removed in 1982.

The first copper-plated steel 2p coins were struck in September 1992. The reason for this change was the increase in the price of metals on the world markets. The coins have a mild steel core and are electroplated with copper - consequently they are magnetic. Coins issued subsequently have been made in steel, with the exception of 1998 when 2p coins were issued in both alloys.

The 2p coin is legal tender for amounts up to 20p.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofTwo Pence Sub-types
Face value2 (x Penny)
Years produced1971 - 1998 CurrentNo
MaterialBronze DesignerChristopher Ironside
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.9000 Thickness (mm)1.8500
Mass (g)7.1200
Obverse

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin), date.

Throughout the existence of this coin type, the only monarch depicted was Queen Elizabeth II and the legend was ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse inscriptionELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse

The reverse of the coin features the Badge of the Prince of Wales: a plume of three ostrich feathers within a coronet, above the incuse German motto ICH DIEN ("I serve"). The numeral "2" is written below the badge, and either NEW PENCE (1971–1981) or TWO PENCE (from 1982) is written above (a small number of 1983 "New Pence" coins exist).

Reverse inscription2 NEW PENCE (1971–1981) or 2 TWO PENCE (from 1982
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
List of 21 coins of type: Two Pence (Bronze, Ironside design) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Two Pence 1971 1,455,206,250 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Two Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Two Pence 1975 145,645,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Two Pence 1976 181,479,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Two Pence 1977 109,474,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Two Pence 1978 189,744,100 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Two Pence 1979 260,281,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Two Pence 1980 408,670,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Two Pence 1981 353,291,300 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Two Pence 1982 (Proof and mint sets only) 311,800 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only) 744,900 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Two Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Two Pence 1985 107,393,390 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Two Pence 1986 169,239,321 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Two Pence 1987 218,361,834 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Two Pence 1988 420,102,381 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Two Pence 1989 359,389,273 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Two Pence 1990 204,681,358 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Two Pence 1991 86,755,369 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
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