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

Two Pence (Ironside design, Steel), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1992 - 2008)
Coin TypeTwo Pence (Ironside design, Steel)

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, replacing the earlier bronze 2p. 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.

They retained the original design by Christopher Ironside until the introduction of the new 2p by Matthew Dent in 2008.

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, Steel) - obverse photo

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

The steel version of the two 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 (1992 - 1997), and her Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998 - 2008).

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

Reverse Inscription 2 TWO PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Pence (Ironside design, Steel) - (17) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pence 1992 102,387,747 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Two Pence 1993 235,797,025 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Two Pence 1994 531,872,692 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Two Pence 1995 124,648,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Two Pence 1996 296,432,082 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Two Pence 1997 496,306,305 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Two Pence 1998 213,989,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Two Pence 1999 354,032,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Two Pence 2000 536,849,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Two Pence 2001 551,987,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Two Pence 2002 168,677,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Two Pence 2003 260,381,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Two Pence 2004 356,515,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Two Pence 2005 280,518,263 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Two Pence 2006 170,774,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Two Pence 2007 254,630,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Two Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 10,772,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
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Two Pence (Ironside design, Steel): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofTwo Pence
From1992
To2008
Face Value2 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-plated steel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.9000 mm
Thickness2.0300 mm
Mass7.1200 g
Two Pence (Ironside design, Steel): Photos
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 2002
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1997
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 2002
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