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Coin type: Twopence (Circulating)
Description

The pre-decimal twopence (2d), also known as a "half groat", was a coin worth one one-hundred-and-twentieth of a pound sterling, or two pence. It was a very short lived denomination. A large copper piece was issued in 1797 only (before the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was established on 1 January 1801, so technically belonging to Great Britain and not the UK). In 1817, silver twopence coins were issued for circulation, then again in 1818 and 1820, after which it was decided the coin was too tiny to be practical. During Queen Victoria's reign, they were issued again in three separate years, mainly for use in the colonies.

Coins of the same size and virtually the same design (but with proof-like finish) have been issued regularly since 1817 and continue to be released every year as part of Maundy sets; these are listed separately under "Maundy Twopence" in the NCLT section.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value2 (x Penny)
Years produced1817 - 1820 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.925 silver DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)13 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.9400
Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend.

Obverse inscription

Legend of the ruling monarch

Reverse

Reverse inscription

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Twopence (Circulating): Photos

Coin - Twopence, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George III reverse (1817 - 1820).
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Coin - Twopence, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George III (1817 - 1820).
source
List of 6 coins of type: Twopence (Circulating) from United Kingdom
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Twopence 1817 (Circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA [year]
Twopence 1818 (Circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA [year]
Twopence 1820 (Circulating) unknown King George III Small Head GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA [year]
Twopence 1838 (Circulating) 1,045,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D:
Twopence 1843 (Circulating) 903,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D:
Twopence 1848 (Circulating) 261,000 Queen Victoria Portrait by William Wyon (Young head) VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F : D: