United Kingdom: Coin Type Twopence (Circulating) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Twopence (Circulating) (issued 1817 - 1820)
Coin TypeTwopence (Circulating)

The pre-decimal twopence (2d), also known as a "half groat", was a coin worth one one-hundred-and-twentieth of a pound sterling, or two pence. It was a very short lived denomination. A large copper piece was issued in 1797 only (before the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was established on 1 January 1801, so technically belonging to Great Britain and not the UK). In 1817, silver twopence coins were issued for circulation, then again in 1818 and 1820, after which it was decided the coin was too tiny to be practical. During Queen Victoria's reign, they were issued again in three separate years, mainly for use in the colonies.

Coins of the same size and virtually the same design (but with proof-like finish) have been issued regularly since 1817 and continue to be released every year as part of Maundy sets; these are listed separately under "Maundy Twopence" in the NCLT section.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend.

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Twopence (Circulating): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
From1817
To1820
Face Value2 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.925 silver
DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)13
Mass (g)0.9400
Twopence (Circulating): Photos
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Coin - Twopence, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: King George III reverse (1817 - 1820).
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Coin - Twopence, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George III (1817 - 1820).
Source