Two Pence, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pence, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1971 - )
Coin TypeTwo Pence

The British decimal two pence (2p) coin - often pronounced two pee - is a unit of currency equalling two one-hundredths of a pound sterling. Its obverse has featured the profile of Queen Elizabeth II since the coin’s introduction in 1971, the year British currency was decimalised. 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.

One penny and two pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of 20p; this means that it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 1p and 2p coins in order to settle a debt.

The two pence coin was originally minted from bronze, but since 1992 it has been minted in copper-plated steel due to the increasing price of metal. By May 2006 the pre-1992 (97% copper) coins contained 3p worth of copper each. During 2008, the value of copper fell dramatically from these peaks.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Two 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 / Two Pence - reverse photo

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This was superseded in 2008 by a new design by Matthew Dent.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.

Reverse Inscription 2 NEW PENCE (1971 - 1981), 2 TWO PENCE (1982 - 2008), TWO PENCE (2008 - present)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Pence - (54) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Two Pence 1971 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1971 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1971 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,455,206,250
Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 150,000
Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Two Pence 1974 (Proof only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Two Pence 1975 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1975 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1975 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 145,645,000
Two Pence 1976 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1976 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1976 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 181,479,000
Two Pence 1977 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1977 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1977 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 109,474,800
Two Pence 1978 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1978 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1978 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 189,744,100
Two Pence 1979 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1979 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1979 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 260,281,000
Two Pence 1980 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1980 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1980 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 408,670,400
Two Pence 1981 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1981 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1981 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 353,291,300
Two Pence 1982 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 1982 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1982 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 311,800
Two Pence 1983 (mint sets only) Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 744,900
Two Pence 1984 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 1984 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1984 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 265,340
Two Pence 1985 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1985 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1985 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 107,393,390
Two Pence 1986 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1986 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1986 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 169,239,321
Two Pence 1987 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1987 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1987 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 218,361,834
Two Pence 1988 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1988 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1988 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 420,102,381
Two Pence 1989 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1989 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1989 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 359,389,273
Two Pence 1990 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1990 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1990 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 204,681,358
Two Pence 1991 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1991 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1991 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 86,755,369
Two Pence 1992 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1992 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1992 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 102,387,747
Two Pence 1993 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1993 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1993 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 235,797,025
Two Pence 1994 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1994 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1994 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 531,872,692
Two Pence 1995 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1995 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1995 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 124,648,286
Two Pence 1996 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1996 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1996 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 296,432,082
Two Pence 1997 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1997 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1997 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 496,306,305
Two Pence 1998 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1998 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1998 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 213,989,862
Two Pence 1999 United Kingdom / Two Pence 1999 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 1999 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 354,032,840
Two Pence 2000 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2000 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2000 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 536,849,219
Two Pence 2001 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2001 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2001 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 551,987,113
Two Pence 2002 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2002 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2002 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 168,677,309
Two Pence 2003 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2003 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2003 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 260,381,512
Two Pence 2004 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2004 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2004 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 356,515,637
Two Pence 2005 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2005 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2005 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 280,518,263
Two Pence 2006 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2006 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2006 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 170,774,798
Two Pence 2007 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2007 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 254,630,093
Two Pence 2008 (Ironside design) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2008 (Ironside design) - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 10,772,577
Two Pence 2008 (Dent design) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2008 (Dent design) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2008 (Dent design) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 241,799,000
Two Pence 2009 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2009 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2009 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 150,641,270
Two Pence 2010 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2010 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2010 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 99,690,000
Two Pence 2011 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2011 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2011 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 144,340,000
Two Pence 2012 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2012 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2012 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 67,903,802
Two Pence 2013 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2013 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 40,646,937
Two Pence 2014 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2014 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2014 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 247,642,614
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 85,945,762
Two Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 139,225,285
Two Pence 2016 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2016 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 185,648,830
Two Pence 2017 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2017 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 16,651,656
Two Pence 2018 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2018 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2018 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 33,086
Two Pence 2019 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2019 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2019 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Pence 2020 (mint sets only) United Kingdom / Two Pence 2020 (mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2020 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Pence 2021 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2021 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2021 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Pence 2022 United Kingdom / Two Pence 2022 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pence 2022 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Two Pence: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze)
Two Pence (Ironside design, Steel)
Two Pence (Dent design)
From1971
Face Value2 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Material
DesignerChristopher Ironside, Matthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass
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Two Pence: Photos
ImageDetails
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1986
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Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse (1971 - 2008).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 2 Pence, 2010
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Notes: Matthew Dent reverse (2008 - present).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1984
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Second Portrait (1971 - 1984).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1986
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Third Portrait (1985 - 1997).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 2 Pence, 2002
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fourth Portrait (1998 - 2015).
Source