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.

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 is featured on the £1 coin.

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. Its composition is 84% copper and 16% nickel.

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 11 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage115,142,000 (115.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (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 The Royal Shield of Arms mint sets
Mintage 100,000 (included in total)
Variety Dateless 20 Pence (mule) 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 50,000 (included in total)
DetailsAn 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.
Variety Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set
Mintage 20,000 (included in total)
Variety Silver Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set
Mintage 10,000
Material0.925 Silver
Details5.00 g., 0.925 Silver 0.1487 oz. ASW, 21.4 mm.
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set
Mintage 3,000
Material0.925 Silver
DetailsListed in Spink only, not in Krause.
Variety Gold Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set
Mintage 886
Material0.9167 Gold
Details0.9167 Gold, 21.4 mm.
Variety Platinum Proof FDC, The Royal Shield of Arms set
Mintage 184
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): 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 Proofs, mint sets
All (40) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Twenty Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Pence 1982 741,126,800 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1983 159,207,800 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1984 65,616,305 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1985 74,554,089 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1986 (Proof and mint sets only) 271,821 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1987 137,711,084 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1988 38,251,725 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1989 132,177,163 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1990 88,279,158 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1991 36,031,369 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1992 31,345,747 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1993 123,246,775 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1994 67,375,942 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1995 102,171,286 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1996 83,317,832 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1997 89,709,055 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Twenty Pence 1998 77,124,862 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 1999 73,695,590 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2000 136,618,969 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2001 148,229,613 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2002 93,481,309 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2003 153,540,262 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2004 120,332,137 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2005 124,611,013 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2006 114,937,798 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2007 117,205,093 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2008 (Gardner design) 12,072,577 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D
Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design) 115,142,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Twenty Pence 2009 121,765,300 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2009
Twenty Pence 2010 112,965,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2010
Twenty Pence 2011 191,665,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2011
Twenty Pence 2012 69,683,530 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2012
Twenty Pence 2013 66,359,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2013
Twenty Pence 2014 173,809,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2014
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 63,175,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2015
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 131,250,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Twenty Pence 2016 212,625,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Twenty Pence 2017 (Proof and mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Twenty Pence 2018 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Twenty Pence 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
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Twenty Pence 2008 (Dent design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pence (Dent design)
Issued2008
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Mintage115,142,000 (115.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)21.4000
Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5
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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 Kingdom4631, 4631A (No Date mule)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1122 (No Date mule)