Five Pence, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pence, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1968 - )
Coin TypeFive Pence

The British decimal five pence (5p) coin - often pronounced five pee - is a unit of currency equalling five one-hundredths of a pound sterling. Its obverse has featured the profile of Queen Elizabeth II since the coin’s introduction in 1968. Four different portraits of the Queen have been used on the coin, with the latest design by Jody Clark being introduced in 2015. The second and current reverse, featuring a segment of the Royal Shield, was introduced in 2008.

The coin was first issued in 1968 before the currency was decimalised, to circulate in parallel with the one shilling coin it eventually replaced. Its dimensions were the same as those of the shilling, and the shilling remained current after 1970, re-denominated as five new pence. In 1990, this original (large) version of the five pence coin was demonetised together with the shilling and replaced with a smaller version, which retained the original design by Christopher Ironside. The reverse design was changed to the current version by Matthew Dent in 2008; coins of the old design are still current and circulate together with the new ones.

The five pence coin was originally minted from cupronickel (75% Cu, 25% Ni), but since 2012 it has been minted in nickel-plated steel due to the increasing price of metal. From January 2013, the Royal Mint began a programme to gradually remove the previous cupro-nickel coins from circulation with replacement by the nickel-plated steel versions. This will have the side effect of leaving only one circulating reverse and observe combination.

Five pence and ten pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £5; this means it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 5p and 10p coins to settle a debt.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin), date.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch, date
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence - reverse photo

There have been two reverse designs of the five pence coin.

The original design by Christopher Ironside featured a crowned thistle (formally, The Badge of Scotland, a thistle royally crowned), with the numeral value 5 below the thistle, and either NEW PENCE (1968 - 1981) or FIVE PENCE (1982 - 2008) around above the thistle.

This was superseded in 2008 by a new design by Matthew Dent. In a world-first concept, 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 five pence coin depicts the centre of the Royal shield, showing the meeting point of the four quarters. The value and denomination are in the middle: FIVE PENCE. Unlike the earlier reverse, there is no beading (ring of dots) around the coin's circumference.

Reverse Inscription 5 NEW PENCE (1971 - 1981), 5 FIVE PENCE (1982 - 2008), FIVE PENCE (2008 - present)
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Coin Type: Five Pence - (58) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Pence 1968 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1968 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1968 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 98,868,250
Five Pence 1969 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1969 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1969 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 120,270,000
Five Pence 1970 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1970 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1970 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 225,948,525
Five Pence 1971 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1971 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1971 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 82,133,475
Five Pence 1972 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1972 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1972 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 150,000
Five Pence 1973 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1973 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1973 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Five Pence 1974 (Proof only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Five Pence 1975 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1975 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1975 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 141,639,000
Five Pence 1976 (Proof only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Five Pence 1977 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1977 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1977 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 24,501,800
Five Pence 1978 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1978 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1978 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 61,180,100
Five Pence 1979 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1979 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1979 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 155,537,000
Five Pence 1980 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1980 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1980 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 220,709,400
Five Pence 1981 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1981 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1981 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,300
Five Pence 1982 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1982 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1982 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 311,800
Five Pence 1983 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1983 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 744,900
Five Pence 1984 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1984 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1984 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 265,340
Five Pence 1985 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1985 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1985 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 280,390
Five Pence 1986 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1986 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1986 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 271,821
Five Pence 1987 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1987 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1987 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 48,481,084
Five Pence 1988 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1988 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1988 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 120,957,991
Five Pence 1989 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1989 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1989 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 101,569,273
Five Pence 1990 (Large, mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1990 (Large, mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1990 (Large, mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 181,658
Five Pence 1990 (Small) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1990 (Small) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1990 (Small) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,635,157,663
Five Pence 1991 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1991 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1991 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 725,109,119
Five Pence 1992 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1992 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1992 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 453,314,247
Five Pence 1993 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 1993 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 123,025
Five Pence 1994 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1994 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1994 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 93,824,127
Five Pence 1995 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1995 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1995 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 183,550,286
Five Pence 1996 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1996 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1996 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 303,056,082
Five Pence 1997 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1997 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1997 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 236,786,305
Five Pence 1998 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1998 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1998 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 217,535,862
Five Pence 1999 United Kingdom / Five Pence 1999 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 1999 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 195,706,840
Five Pence 2000 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2000 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2000 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 388,702,219
Five Pence 2001 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2001 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2001 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 338,037,113
Five Pence 2002 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2002 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2002 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 219,379,309
Five Pence 2003 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2003 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 333,386,512
Five Pence 2004 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2004 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2004 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 271,929,637
Five Pence 2005 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2005 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2005 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 236,334,263
Five Pence 2006 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2006 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2006 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 317,834,798
Five Pence 2007 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2007 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2007 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 246,850,093
Five Pence 2008 (Ironside design) United Kingdom / Five Pence 2008 (Ironside design) - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 93,052,577
Five Pence 2008 (Dent design) United Kingdom / Five Pence 2008 (Dent design) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2008 (Dent design) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 165,292,000
Five Pence 2009 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2009 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2009 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 133,101,070
Five Pence 2010 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2010 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2010 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 396,335,500
Five Pence 2011 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2011 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 50,484,981
Five Pence 2012 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2012 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2012 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 339,906,152
Five Pence 2013 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2013 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2013 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 378,847,687
Five Pence 2014 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2014 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2014 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 885,047,114
Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 163,045,762
Five Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 536,625,285
Five Pence 2016 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2016 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2016 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 305,788,830
Five Pence 2017 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2017 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 220,566,656
Five Pence 2018 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Five Pence 2018 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2018 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 33,086
Five Pence 2019 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2019 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2019 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 92,800,000
Five Pence 2020 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2020 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2020 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 49,200,000
Five Pence 2021 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2021 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2021 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Pence 2022 United Kingdom / Five Pence 2022 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pence 2022 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Five Pence: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Five Pence (Large)
Five Pence (Small, Ironside design)
Five Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel)
Five Pence (Dent design, Steel)
From1968
Face Value5 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Material
DesignerChristopher Ironside, Matthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass
Five Pence: Photos
ImageDetails
Coin, Great Britain, 5 Pence, 1975
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Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse, NEW PENCE (1968 - 1981).
Source
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 5 Pence, 2006
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Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse, FIVE PENCE (1982 - 2008).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 5 New Pence, 2015
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Notes: Matthew Dent reverse (2008 - present).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 5 Pence, 1975
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Second Portrait (1968 - 1984).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 5 Pence, 1992
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Third Portrait (1985 - 1997).
Source
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 5 Pence, 2006
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fourth Portrait (1998 - 2015).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 5 New Pence, 2015
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fifth Portrait (2015 - present).
Source