Detailed information about Coin: One Penny 2015 (Fifth Portrait) from United Kingdom
On 2 March 2015 the Royal Mint revealed a new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which went into production that very day. This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on British circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed. It became the fourth portrait in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998 (the effigy by Mary Gillick features on the pre-decimal coins which were demonetised in 1970, and on Maundy coinage which is not in normal circulation); together, the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.
The new portrait was designed by Jody Clark. He was the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years.
|Country||United Kingdom||Currency||Pound Sterling|
|Face value||1 (x Penny)||Type||One Penny (Steel, Dent design)|
|Mintage||418,201,016 (418.2 million)||Rarity||C (Common)|
|Material||Copper-plated steel||Designer||Matthew Dent|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||20.3000||Thickness (mm)||1.6500|
Head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown (worn for her Coronation) and perl earrings (effigy known as the "Fifth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark). Around, ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
|Obverse inscription||ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·|
A small section of the Royal Arms is visible (parts of the Lion and the Harp). When put together, coins of the different denominations of British pennies add up to a whole shield with the full Royal Arms.
Around left, the denomination ONE PENNY.
|Royal Mint||2017||Mintage||link||Circulation mintage|
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