There have been two reverse designs of the two pence coin.
The original design by Christopher Ironside featured, within a beaded circle, the Badge of the Prince of Wales: a plume of three ostrich feathers within a coronet, above the incuse German motto ICH DIEN ("I serve"). The numeral value 2 is written below the badge, and either the denomination is given above either as NEW PENCE (1971–1981) or TWO PENCE (1982 and later); a small number of 1983 NEW PENCE coins exist.
This was superseded in 2008 by a new design by Matthew Dent.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 two pence coin depicts the second quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant from the Royal Banner of Scotland, with the value and denomination TWO PENCE around above. Unlike the earlier reverse, there is no beading (ring of dots) around the coin's circumference.