Twenty Pence 1989, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twenty Pence 1989, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pence 1989

The British twenty pence (20p) coin - often pronounced "twenty pee" - is a unit of currency equaling twenty one-hundredths of a pound sterling.

Unlike the smaller denominations, the twenty pence coin was not introduced at decimalisation in 1970 but was added in 1982, with a design by William Gardner (showing a crowned Tudor rose). This original reverse design was changed to the current version featuring a segment of the Royal Shield by Matthew Dent in 2008; coins of the old design are still current and circulate together with the new ones.

To help identification and avoid confusion with similar sized coins the 20p is seven sided and like the 50p is an equilateral curve heptagon. The shape, with its constant rolling diameter, means that it is readily acceptable in vending machines. Its composition is 84% copper and 16% nickel.

Coins issued in 1989 have now been circulating for 33 years.

Twenty and fifty pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £10; this means that it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 20p coins in order to settle a debt.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage132,177,163 (132.2 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 1989 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 1989 - reverse photo

The reverse shows a crowned Tudor rose, with the numeral value 20 below the rose, and the value and denomination in words: TWENTY PENCE around above. The date: 1989, is incuse and divided by the crown. Small incuse letters W and G divided by the rose represent the artist's initials.

Reverse Inscription 20 TWENTY PENCE 1989
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Twenty Pence 1989: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 85,704 (included in total)
In Set United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection 1989, mintage 85,704
9 coins: £2 Bill of Rights (English), £2 Claim of Right (Scottish), £1 Scottish Thistle, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection 1989 (deluxe), mintage unknown, limited to 100,000 (included in the above set)
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 77,569 (included in total)
In Set 1989 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection, mintage 77,569
7 coins: £1 Scottish Thistle, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: 1989 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection - Struck for Your Baby, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Twenty Pence 1989: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mint link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof FDC, mint sets
All (43) coins of type: Twenty Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Pence 1982 741,126,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1983 159,207,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1984 65,616,305 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1985 74,554,089 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1986 (mint sets only) 271,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1987 137,711,084 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1988 38,251,725 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1989 132,177,163 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1990 88,279,158 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1991 36,031,369 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1992 31,345,747 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1993 123,246,775 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1994 67,375,942 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1995 102,171,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1996 83,317,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1997 89,709,055 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1998 77,124,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 1999 73,695,590 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2000 136,618,969 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2001 148,229,613 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2002 93,481,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2003 153,540,262 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2004 120,332,137 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2005 124,611,013 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2006 114,937,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2007 117,205,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2008 (Gardner design) 12,072,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) 115,142,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Twenty Pence 2009 121,766,070 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2009
Twenty Pence 2010 112,965,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2010
Twenty Pence 2011 191,709,981 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2011
Twenty Pence 2012 69,753,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2012
Twenty Pence 2013 66,371,937 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2013
Twenty Pence 2014 173,817,594 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2014
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 63,220,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2015
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 131,275,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Twenty Pence 2016 212,673,830 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Twenty Pence 2017 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Twenty Pence 2018 (mint sets only) 33,086 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Twenty Pence 2019 125,125,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Twenty Pence 2020 32,725,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
Twenty Pence 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2021 ·
Twenty Pence 2022 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2022 ·
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Twenty Pence 1989: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pence (Gardner design)
Issued1989
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage132,013,890 (132.0 million)
Total Mintage132,177,163 (132.2 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerWilliam Gardner
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size21.400 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass5.000 g
OCC IDQBVY-XOWR-CYQX-EJZN
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