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Coin: Two Pence 2008 (Dent design)
Description

In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008. The designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together. The shield in its entirety is featured on the £1 coin.

The 2p coin depicts the second quarter of the shield, showing the Lion Rampant from the Royal Banner of Scotland, with the words TWO PENCE above. The coin's obverse remains largely unchanged, but the beading (the ring of dots around the coin's circumference), which no longer features on the coin's reverse, has also been removed from the obverse.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value2 (x Penny) TypeTwo Pence (Steel, Dent design)
Year2008 CurrentYes
Mintage241,799,000 (241.8 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 241,799,000 (241.8 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialCopper-plated steel DesignerMatthew Dent
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.9000 Thickness (mm)2.0300
Mass (g)7.1200
Obverse

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, the legend and date ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2008 (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Reverse

The reverse depicts the second quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant from the Royal Banner of Scotland, and the denomination TWO PENCE around above. Unlike the earlier (Ironside) reverse, there is no beading (ring of dots) around the coin's circumference.

Reverse inscription

TWO PENCE

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Two Pence 2008 (Dent design): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In The Royal Shield of Arms mint sets 100,000 (included in main number)
Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 20,000 (included in main number)
Silver Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 10,000
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 3,000
Gold Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 886
Platinum Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set 184
Two Pence 2008 (Dent design): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1108, 1108a (Silver)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4691
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1108b (Gold), 1108c (Platinum)
Two Pence 2008 (Dent design): 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, mint sets
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Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only) Two Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) Two Pence 1985 Two Pence 1986 Two Pence 1987 Two Pence 1988
Two Pence 1989 Two Pence 1990 Two Pence 1991 Two Pence 1992 Two Pence 1993 Two Pence 1994
Two Pence 1995 Two Pence 1996 Two Pence 1997 Two Pence 1998 Two Pence 1999 Two Pence 2000
Two Pence 2001 Two Pence 2002 Two Pence 2003 Two Pence 2004 Two Pence 2005 Two Pence 2006
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