Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1971 - 1998)
Coin TypeTwo Pence (Ironside design, Bronze)

The United Kingdom 2p coin was one of three new coins introduced into general circulation on the 15 February 1971 when the United Kingdom adopted a new decimal currency system. The other two new coins were the 1/2p and 1p coins (5p, 10p and 50p had been introduced earlier).

To avoid confusion between the old and new coinage all three coins initially had the word "NEW" incorporated into the reverse design; this was later removed.

The two pence coin is currently the second lowest circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling, after the half penny was demonetised in 1984.

The first copper-plated steel 2p coins were struck in September 1992. The reason for this change was the increase in the price of metals on the world markets. The coins have a mild steel core and are electroplated with copper - consequently they are magnetic. Coins issued subsequently have been made in steel, with the exception of 1998 when 2p coins were issued in both alloys.

The composition of (these) bronze coins is: 97% copper, 2.5% zinc, 0.5% tin. Coins of this type are still current and circulate in parallel with the new ones. 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.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze) - obverse photo

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze) - reverse photo

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 NEW PENCE (1971–1981) or TWO PENCE (from 1982) is written above (a small number of 1983 NEW PENCE coins exist).

Reverse Inscription 2 NEW PENCE (1971-1981) or 2 TWO PENCE (from 1982)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze) - (21) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pence 1971 1,455,206,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Two Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Two Pence 1975 145,645,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Two Pence 1976 181,479,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Two Pence 1977 109,474,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Two Pence 1978 189,744,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Two Pence 1979 260,281,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Two Pence 1980 408,670,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Two Pence 1981 353,291,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Two Pence 1982 (mint sets only) 311,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Two Pence 1983 (mint sets only) 744,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Two Pence 1984 (mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Two Pence 1985 107,393,390 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Two Pence 1986 169,239,321 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Two Pence 1987 218,361,834 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Two Pence 1988 420,102,381 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Two Pence 1989 359,389,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Two Pence 1990 204,681,358 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Two Pence 1991 86,755,369 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
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Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofTwo Pence
From1971
To1998
Face Value2 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
MaterialBronze
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.910 mm
Thickness1.850 mm
Mass7.128 g
Two Pence (Ironside design, Bronze): Photos
ImageDetails
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1986
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1984
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1986
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