Detailed information about Coin: Twopence 1838 (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||1838||Current||No (demonetised 1971)|
|Mintage||1,045,000 (1.0 million)|
|Material||0.925 silver||Designer||Jean Baptiste Merlen|
|Monarch||Queen Victoria||Effigy||Portrait by William Wyon (Young head)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||13||Thickness (mm)|
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:|
At centre within an open oak wreath; the numeral 2; above, crown; the numeral dividing the date 1838.
Not listed in Remick.
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Great Britain KM# 729|
|Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom||3914E|
|Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom||Mint|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Mintage|
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