Twenty Pence (Dent design), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twenty Pence (Dent design), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 2008 - )
Coin TypeTwenty Pence (Dent design)

The twenty pence coin is a circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling.

In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008. 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 new 20p coin design, which replaced the earlier 20p design by William Gardner, depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England; the value and denomination, in words: TWENTY PENCE are around right. The date no longer appears on the reverse of the coin, and has instead been added to the obverse, where the lettering has been adjusted so as to fit the date in.

To help identification and avoid confusion with similar sized coins the 20p is seven sided and like the 50p is an equilateral curve heptagon. The shape, with its constant rolling diameter, means that it is readily acceptable in vending machines. Its composition is 84% copper and 16% nickel.

Twenty and fifty pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £10; this means that it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 20p coins in order to settle a debt.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence (Dent design) - obverse photo

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

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch, date
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence (Dent design) - reverse photo

The reverse of the 20p coin depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England. The value and denomination TWENTY PENCE are around right.

The designer's initials MD (for Matthew Dent) are raised in small letters in the groove between the shield and the lower right field (in the continuation of the dotted line which goes across the coin).

Reverse InscriptionTWENTY PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Twenty Pence (Dent design) (13)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) 115,142,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Twenty Pence 2009 121,765,300 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2009
Twenty Pence 2010 112,965,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2010
Twenty Pence 2011 191,665,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2011
Twenty Pence 2012 69,683,530 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2012
Twenty Pence 2013 66,359,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2013
Twenty Pence 2014 173,809,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2014
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 63,175,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2015
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 131,250,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Twenty Pence 2016 212,625,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Twenty Pence 2017 (Proof and mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Twenty Pence 2018 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Twenty Pence 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
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Twenty Pence (Dent design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofTwenty Pence
From2008
Face Value20 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)21.4000
Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5
Twenty Pence (Dent design): Photos
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 20 Pence, 2008
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 20 Pence, 2008
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