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Coin: Twopence 1838 (Circulating)
Description

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.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Penny) TypeTwopence (Circulating)
Year1838 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage1,045,000 (1.0 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 1,045,000 (1.0 million) No mint mark
Material0.925 silver DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)13 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.9400
Obverse

Bare head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing ribbon in hair (effigy by William Wyon known as the "Young Head"); around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse

At centre within an open oak wreath; the numeral 2; above, crown; the numeral dividing the date 1838.

Reverse inscription

2 1838

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Not listed in Remick.

Twopence 1838 (Circulating): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 729
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3914E
Twopence 1838 (Circulating): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
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List of all (6) coins of type: United Kingdom / Twopence (Circulating)
Twopence 1817 (Circulating) Twopence 1818 (Circulating) Twopence 1820 (Circulating) Twopence 1838 (Circulating) Twopence 1843 (Circulating) Twopence 1848 (Circulating)