Five Pence (Small, Ironside design), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pence (Small, Ironside design), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1990 - 2008)
Coin TypeFive Pence (Small, Ironside design)

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.

These small five pence coins were minted from cupronickel (75% Cu, 25% Ni). In 2008, a new 5p design by Matthew Dent was introduced, initially in copper-nickel as well, then in nickel-plated steel after 2012. However, the old-type small coins are still legal tender; the 5p coin is legal tender for amounts up to £5.

From January 2013, the Royal Mint began a programme to gradually remove the previous cupro-nickel coins (of both designs) 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.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence (Small, Ironside design) - obverse photo

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

The small version of the five pence coin featuring the original design by Christopher Ironside was only issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and carried two of her effigies: her Third Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (1990 - 1997), and her Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998 - 2008).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence (Small, Ironside design) - 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 the value and denomination in words: FIVE PENCE around above the thistle.

Reverse Inscription 5 FIVE PENCE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Five Pence (Small, Ironside design) - (19) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pence 1990 (Small) 1,635,157,663 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Five Pence 1991 725,109,119 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
Five Pence 1992 453,314,247 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Five Pence 1993 (mint sets only) 123,025 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Five Pence 1994 93,824,127 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Five Pence 1995 183,550,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Five Pence 1996 303,056,082 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Five Pence 1997 236,786,305 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Five Pence 1998 217,535,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Five Pence 1999 195,706,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pence 2000 388,702,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pence 2001 338,037,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Five Pence 2002 219,379,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Five Pence 2003 333,386,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Five Pence 2004 271,929,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Five Pence 2005 236,334,263 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Five Pence 2006 317,834,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Five Pence 2007 246,850,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Five Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 93,052,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
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Five Pence (Small, Ironside design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofFive Pence
From1990
To2008
Face Value5 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size18.000 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass3.250 g
Five Pence (Small, Ironside design): Photos
ImageDetails
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 5 Pence, 2006
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 5 Pence, 2006
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