One Penny 2012, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

One Penny 2012, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinOne Penny 2012

The one penny coin is currently the lowest circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling, after the half penny was demonetised in 1984. 1 penny equals 1/100th 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 (now discontinued).

The new 1p coin design, which replaced the earlier 1p design by Christopher Ironside, depicts the left section between the first and third quarter of the shield, representing England and Northern Ireland. 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.

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.

1p coins issued in 2012 have now been circulating for nine years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage227,304,802 (227.3 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / One Penny 2012 - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2012.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Reverse
United Kingdom / One Penny 2012 - reverse photo

A small section of the Royal Arms is visible (the left section between the first and third quarter of the shield, parts of the Lion and the Harp representing England and Northern Ireland). When put together, coins of the different denominations of British pennies add up to a whole shield with the full Royal Arms.

Around left, separated from the design by a vertical dotted line, the value and denomination ONE PENNY.

The designer's initials MD (for Matthew Dent) are incuse in small letters in the lower part of the vertical dotted line.

Reverse Inscription ONE PENNY
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
One Penny 2012: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 77,725 (included in total)
In Sets United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Collection 2012, mintage 77,725
10 coins: £5 Diamond Jubilee, £2 Technology, £2 Charles Dickens, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Definitive Coin Collection 2012, mintage unknown
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: My First Coins (2012), mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 26,077 (included in total)
In Sets The 2012 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set, mintage 21,614
10 coins: £5 Diamond Jubilee, £2 Technology, £2 Charles Dickens, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2012 United Kingdom Premium Proof Collection, mintage 3,463 (not included in the above set)

Diamond Jubilee Executive Proof Set, mintage 1,000
9 coins: £5 Diamond Jubilee - Silver, £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
In Set Diamond Jubilee Silver Proof Set, mintage unknown
7 coins: £5 Diamond Jubilee - Silver, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof FDC with selective gold plating
Mintage Issued: 5,164
Material0.925 Silver
In Set The 2012 United Kingdom Brilliant Diamond Jubilee Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 5,164
10 coins: £5 Diamond Jubilee, £2 Technology, £2 Charles Dickens, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 587
Material0.917 Gold
In Set The 2012 United Kingdom Diamond Jubilee Gold Proof Coin Set, mintage 587
10 coins: £5 Diamond Jubilee, £2 Technology, £2 Charles Dickens, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
One Penny 2012: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint Mintage link Varieties mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs, mint sets
All (53) coins of type: One Penny
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Penny 1971 1,522,016,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
One Penny 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
One Penny 1973 280,296,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
One Penny 1974 330,992,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
One Penny 1975 221,704,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
One Penny 1976 300,260,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
One Penny 1977 285,623,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
One Penny 1978 292,856,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
One Penny 1979 459,081,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
One Penny 1980 416,447,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
One Penny 1981 301,900,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
One Penny 1982 100,603,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
One Penny 1983 243,746,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
One Penny 1984 155,024,965 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
One Penny 1985 200,885,635 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
One Penny 1986 370,260,951 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
One Penny 1987 500,207,084 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
One Penny 1988 793,705,381 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
One Penny 1989 658,305,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
One Penny 1990 529,229,158 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
One Penny 1991 206,587,719 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
One Penny 1992 254,007,747 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
One Penny 1993 602,713,025 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
One Penny 1994 844,078,692 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
One Penny 1995 303,480,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
One Penny 1996 723,994,142 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
One Penny 1997 397,064,305 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
One Penny 1998 739,929,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
One Penny 1999 891,608,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
One Penny 2000 1,060,610,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
One Penny 2001 928,805,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
One Penny 2002 601,567,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
One Penny 2003 539,592,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
One Penny 2004 739,883,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
One Penny 2005 536,440,263 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
One Penny 2006 524,742,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
One Penny 2007 548,132,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
One Penny 2008 (Ironside design) 180,772,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Penny 2008 (Dent design) 508,072,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
One Penny 2009 556,553,570 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
One Penny 2010 609,693,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
One Penny 2011 431,088,981 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
One Penny 2012 227,304,802 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
One Penny 2013 260,846,937 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
One Penny 2014 464,836,020 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
One Penny 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 154,645,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
One Penny 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 418,226,301 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
One Penny 2016 368,530,830 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
One Penny 2017 241,042,256 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
One Penny 2018 (mint sets only) 33,086 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
One Penny 2019 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
One Penny 2020 88,071,910 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
One Penny 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2021 ·
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One Penny 2012: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeOne Penny (Dent design)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage227,201,000 (227.2 million)
Total Mintage227,304,802 (227.3 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-plated steel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.300 mm
Thickness1.650 mm
Mass3.560 g
OCC IDDBYN-KODD-CPPG-OPQM
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One Penny 2012: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomB6 (was 4711)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1107