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Coin: Five Pence 1990 (Small)
Description

The smaller version of the five pence coin was introduced on 27 June 1990; the large version was demonetised later that year.

All circulation coins for 1990 were minted to the new standard. However, the uncirculated and proof mint sets issued this year had both the old and the new 5 pence pieces (102,606 brilliant uncirculated and 79,052 proofs, including some in standard and some in a red leather case). Additionally, a small silver set was issued with both sizes in silver, with mintage of 35,000.

The small 5p coin was also issued as a silver proof piedfort.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value5 (x Penny) TypeFive Pence (CuproNickel, Ironside design)
Year1990 CurrentYes
Mintage1,635,157,663 (1.6 billion) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 1,635,157,663 (1.6 billion), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerChristopher Ironside
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)18 Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)3.2500
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing pearls (effigy known as the "Third Portrait", by Raphael David Maklouf); around, the legend ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990 (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith). In tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Reverse

A crowned thistle (formally, "The Badge of Scotland, a thistle royally crowned"), with the numeral "5" below the thistle and the denomination FIVE PENCE around above.

Reverse inscription

5 FIVE PENCE

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Five Pence 1990 (Small): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In mint sets 102,606 (included in main number)
Proof FDC 79,052 (included in main number)
Silver Proof FDC 35,000 (hover mouse for text)
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC 20,000
Five Pence 1990 (Small): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 937b
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4372
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 937c (Silver), P12 (Piedfort)
Five Pence 1990 (Small): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Mint 2016 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs, Piedfort, sets
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Five Pence 1990 (Small): Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collections: Coin - 5 Pence, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1990
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