Detailed information about Coin: Twopence 1820 (Circulating) from United Kingdom
There were two forms of twopence, the currency issue like this piece (with a duller surface), and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies - both with numeral 2 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish.
Apart from the surface quality, they are indistinguishable. For the purpose of completeness though, the Maundy coins are listed separately in the Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) section.
|Country||United Kingdom||Currency||Pound Sterling (pre-decimal)|
|Face value||2 (x Penny)||Type||Twopence (Circulating)|
|Year||1820||Current||No (demonetised 1971)|
|Material||0.925 silver||Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Monarch||King George III||Effigy||Small Head|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||13||Thickness (mm)|
Laureate head of King George III facing right; below, the date 1820; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.
|Obverse inscription||GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1820|
At centre a numeral 2 with a large crown above; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF: (the top of the crown divides the legend).
2 BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
Spink only lists Maundy coins in this year.
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Great Britain KM# 669|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mint|
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