Five Pence (Large), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pence (Large), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1968 - 1989)
Coin TypeFive Pence (Large)

The British decimal five pence (5p) coin - often pronounced five pee - is a unit of currency equaling five one-hundredths of a pound sterling.

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.

After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1987, the Government announced its intention to issue a smaller 5p coin, which was first issued on 27 June 1990. The original (large) version of the five pence coin was demonetised in 1990 together with the shilling and replaced by the smaller version, which retained the original design by Christopher Ironside.

The large five pence coins were minted from cupronickel (75% Cu, 25% Ni).

Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence (Large) - obverse photo

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

The large version of the five pence coin was only issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and carried two of her effigies: her Second Portrait by Arnold Machin (1968 - 1984), and her Third Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (1985 - 1990).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence (Large) - reverse photo

The original design by Christopher Ironside features 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 - 1990) around above the thistle.

Reverse Inscription 5 NEW PENCE (1971 - 1981), 5 FIVE PENCE (1982 - 1990)
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Five Pence (Large) - (23) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pence 1968 98,868,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1968
Five Pence 1969 120,270,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1969
Five Pence 1970 225,948,525 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970
Five Pence 1971 82,133,475 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Five Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Five Pence 1973 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Five Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Five Pence 1975 141,639,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Five Pence 1976 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Five Pence 1977 24,501,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Five Pence 1978 61,180,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Five Pence 1979 155,537,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Five Pence 1980 220,709,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Five Pence 1981 (Proof only) 100,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Five Pence 1982 (mint sets only) 311,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Five Pence 1983 (mint sets only) 744,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Five Pence 1984 (mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Five Pence 1985 (mint sets only) 280,390 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Five Pence 1986 (mint sets only) 271,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Five Pence 1987 48,481,084 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Five Pence 1988 120,957,991 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Five Pence 1989 101,569,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Five Pence 1990 (Large, mint sets only) 181,658 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
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Five Pence (Large): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofFive Pence
From1968
To1989
Face Value5 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.595 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass5.655 g
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Five Pence (Large): Photos
ImageDetails
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 5 New Pence, 1975
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 5 New Pence, 1975
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