United Kingdom: Coin Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait)
CoinTwenty Pence 2015 (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.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, the legend and date ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2015 (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2015
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - 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 denomination TWENTY PENCE is around right.

Reverse Inscription TWENTY PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
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All (39) 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 None 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 161,000,000 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 ·
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Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pence (Dent design)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value20 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Mintage63,175,000 (63.2 million)
RarityC (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size (mm)21.4000
Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5
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