Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pence 2008 (Dent design)

The twenty pence coin is a circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling. 20 pence equal one fifth 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 20p coin design, which replaced the earlier 20p design by William Gardner, depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England; the value and denomination, in words: TWENTY PENCE are around right. The date no longer appears on the reverse of the coin, and has instead been added to the obverse, where the lettering has been adjusted so as to fit the date in.

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.

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.

Coins issued in 2008 have now been circulating for 14 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage115,142,000 (115.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) - 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 · 2008. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2008.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) - reverse photo

The reverse of the 20p coin depicts the meeting point of the second and fourth quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant of Scotland and the Lions Passants of England. The value and denomination TWENTY PENCE are around right.

The designer's initials MD (for Matthew Dent) are raised in small letters in the groove between the shield and the lower right field (in the continuation of the dotted line which goes across the coin).

Reverse Inscription TWENTY PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

An unusual accidental dateless version of the 20 pence was reported to be in circulation in June 2009, the first undated British coin to enter circulation in more than 300 years. This was the result of the production of a mule, i.e. a version of the coin with a non-standard combination of obverse and reverse face designs. The fault occurred as a result of the 2008 redesign of UK coinage, which moved the date on a 20 pence from the reverse to the obverse (Queen's head side), and a batch of coins were produced using the tooling for the obverse of the old design and the reverse of the new design.

The Royal Mint estimated that between 50,000 and 200,000 entered circulation before the error was noticed. The Royal Mint stated these coins were still legal tender, although due to their rarity they are traded above face value by collectors.

Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 100,000 (included in total)
In Set United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection Royal Shield of Arms, mintage 100,000
7 coins: £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 20,000 (included in total)
In Set 2008 United Kingdom Coinage Royal Shield of Arms Proof Collection, mintage 20,000
7 coins: £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 10,000
Material0.925 Silver
Details

21.40 mm, 5.00 g of Sterling Silver (0.1487 oz. ASW).

In Set 2008 United Kingdom Coinage Royal Shield of Arms Silver Proof Collection, mintage 10,000
7 coins: £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage Issued: 3,000
Material0.925 Silver
Details

21.40 mm, 10.00 g of Sterling Silver.

Listed in Spink only, not in Krause.

In Set 2008 United Kingdom Coinage Royal Shield of Arms Silver Piedfort Collection, mintage 3,000
7 coins: £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 886
Material0.917 Gold
Details

21.40 mm, 5.00 g of 22-carat Gold.

In Set 2008 United Kingdom Coinage Royal Shield of Arms Gold Proof Collection, mintage 886
7 coins: £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Platinum Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 184
Material0.999 Platinum
Details

21.40 mm, 12.01 g of 99.9% Platinum.

In Set 2008 United Kingdom Coinage Royal Shield of Arms Platinum Proof Collection, mintage 184
7 coins: £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Dateless 20 Pence (mule)
Images United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) / Dateless 20 Pence (mule) - obverse photo United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) / Dateless 20 Pence (mule) - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 50,000 (included in total)
Details

An unusual accidental dateless version of the 20 pence was reported to be in circulation in June 2009, the first undated British coin to enter circulation in more than 300 years. This was the result of the production of a mule, i.e. a version of the coin with a non-standard combination of obverse and reverse face designs. The fault occurred as a result of the 2008 redesign of UK coinage, which moved the date on a 20 pence from the reverse to the obverse (Queen's head side), and a batch of coins were produced using the tooling for the obverse of the old design and the reverse of the new design.

The Royal Mint estimated that between 50,000 and 200,000 entered circulation before the error was noticed. The Royal Mint stated these coins were still legal tender, although due to their rarity they are traded above face value by collectors.

Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
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 Proofs, 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 2008 (Dent design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pence (Dent design)
Issued2008
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage115,022,000 (115.0 million)
Total Mintage115,142,000 (115.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size21.400 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass5.000 g
OCC IDKLBR-PORR-CZJL-OMNY
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Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): Photos
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 20 Pence, 2008
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 20 Pence, 2008
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2008 Undated 20 Pence Mule Error Coin
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2008 Undated 20 Pence Mule Error Coin
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Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1111b (Gold), 1111c (Platinum)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1111, 1111a (Silver)
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomG4 (was 4631), G4A (was 4631A), No Date mule
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1122 (No Date mule)