Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait)

The five pence coin is a small circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling. 5 pence equal 1/20th of a pound.

In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008. 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 The shield in its entirety was featured on the £1 coin (which was superseded in 2016 by a bimetallic one pound coin).

The new 5p coin design, which replaced the earlier 5p design by Christopher Ironside, depicts the centre of the Royal shield, showing the meeting point of the four quarters, with the value and denomination FIVE PENCE in the middle. The coin's obverse remains largely unchanged, but the beading (the ring of dots around the coin's circumference), which no longer features on the coin's reverse, has also been removed from the obverse.

The five pence coin was originally minted from cupronickel, but in January 2012 it changed to nickel-plated steel due to the increasing price of metal. From January 2013, the Royal Mint began a programme to gradually remove the previous cupro-nickel coins from circulation with replacement by the nickel-plated steel versions.

Five pence and ten pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £5; this means it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 5p and 10p coins to settle a debt.

5p coins issued in 2015 have now been in circulation for only five years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage163,045,762 (163.0 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts the centre of the Royal shield, showing the meeting point of the four quarters, with the value and denomination FIVE PENCE in the middle. Unlike the earlier (Ironside) reverse, there is no beading (ring of dots) around the coin's circumference.

Reverse Inscription FIVE PENCE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

These are the last five pence coins featuring the Queen's Fourth Portrait.

On 2 March 2015 the Royal Mint revealed a new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which went into production that very day. This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on British circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed. It became the fourth portrait in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998 (the effigy by Mary Gillick features on the pre-decimal coins which were demonetised in 1970, and on Maundy coinage which is not in normal circulation); together, the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.

The new portrait was designed by Jody Clark. He was the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years.

Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 31,103 (included in total)
In Sets 2015 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2015, mintage 17,897
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Definitive BU Set), mintage 13,206
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2015 My First Coins & Baby Journal, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 14,659 (included in total)
In Sets The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Definitive Proof Set), mintage 3,205
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2015 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set - Collector Edition, mintage 7,895
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2015 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,559 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 1,539
Material0.925 Silver
In Sets The 2015 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 298
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Silver Proof Set), mintage 1,241
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 209
Material0.917 Gold
In Set The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Gold Proof Set), mintage 209
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Platinum Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 10
Material0.999 Platinum
In Set The 2015 United Kingdom Platinum Proof Set, mintage 10
16 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Fourth Portrait, 50p Fourth Portrait, 20p Fourth Portrait, 10p Fourth Portrait, 5p Fourth Portrait, 2p Fourth Portrait, 1p Fourth Portrait, £2 Britannia, £1 Fifth Portrait, 50p Fifth Portrait, 20p Fifth Portrait, 10p Fifth Portrait, 5p Fifth Portrait, 2p Fifth Portrait, 1p Fifth Portrait
Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mint link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Royal Mint Mintage link Varieties mintage
All (56) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Five Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pence 1968 98,868,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1968
Five Pence 1969 120,270,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1969
Five Pence 1970 225,948,525 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970
Five Pence 1971 82,133,475 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Five Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Five Pence 1973 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Five Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Five Pence 1975 141,639,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Five Pence 1976 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Five Pence 1977 24,501,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Five Pence 1978 61,180,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Five Pence 1979 155,537,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Five Pence 1980 220,709,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Five Pence 1981 (Proof only) 100,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Five Pence 1982 (mint sets only) 311,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Five Pence 1983 (mint sets only) 744,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Five Pence 1984 (mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Five Pence 1985 (mint sets only) 280,390 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Five Pence 1986 (mint sets only) 271,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Five Pence 1987 48,481,084 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Five Pence 1988 120,957,991 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Five Pence 1989 101,569,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Five Pence 1990 (Large, mint sets only) 181,658 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Five Pence 1990 (Small) 1,635,157,663 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Five Pence 1991 725,109,119 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
Five Pence 1992 453,314,247 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Five Pence 1993 (mint sets only) 123,025 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Five Pence 1994 93,824,127 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Five Pence 1995 183,550,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Five Pence 1996 303,056,082 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Five Pence 1997 236,786,305 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Five Pence 1998 217,535,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Five Pence 1999 195,706,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pence 2000 388,702,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pence 2001 338,037,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Five Pence 2002 219,379,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Five Pence 2003 333,386,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Five Pence 2004 271,929,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Five Pence 2005 236,334,263 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Five Pence 2006 317,834,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Five Pence 2007 246,850,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Five Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 93,052,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Five Pence 2008 (Dent design) 165,292,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Five Pence 2009 133,101,070 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Five Pence 2010 396,335,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Five Pence 2011 50,484,981 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Five Pence 2012 339,906,152 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Five Pence 2013 378,847,687 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Five Pence 2014 885,047,114 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 163,045,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Five Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 536,625,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Five Pence 2016 305,788,830 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Five Pence 2017 220,515,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Five Pence 2018 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Five Pence 2019 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Five Pence 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFive Pence (Dent design, Steel)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage163,000,000 (163.0 million)
Total Mintage163,045,762 (163.0 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated steel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size18.000 mm
Thickness1.890 mm
Mass3.250 g
OCC IDYAPV-ZEYR-CLGD-OLMD
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Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Photos
ImageDetails
2015 Gold Proof 5p Five Pence Piece - Royal Shield - 4th Portrait
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold proof.
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 5 New Pence, 2015
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 5 New Pence, 2015
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Source
Five Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomD7 (was 4672)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1109d