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

Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait)

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 2015 have now been circulating for only five years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage63,220,762 (63.2 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - 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 · 2015. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2015.

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 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

These are the last twenty pence coins featuring the Queen's 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.

Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage 31,103 (included in total)
In Sets 2015 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2015, mintage 17,897
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Definitive BU Set), mintage 13,206
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2015 My First Coins & Baby Journal, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage 14,659 (included in total)
In Sets The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Definitive Proof Set), mintage 3,205
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2015 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set - Collector Edition, mintage 7,895
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2015 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,559 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage 1,539
Material0.925 Silver
In Sets The 2015 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 298
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Silver Proof Set), mintage 1,241
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage 209
Material0.917 Gold
In Set The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Gold Proof Set), mintage 209
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Platinum Proof FDC
Mintage 10
Material0.999 Platinum
In Set The 2015 United Kingdom Platinum Proof Set, mintage 10
16 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Fourth Portrait, 50p Fourth Portrait, 20p Fourth Portrait, 10p Fourth Portrait, 5p Fourth Portrait, 2p Fourth Portrait, 1p Fourth Portrait, £2 Britannia, £1 Fifth Portrait, 50p Fifth Portrait, 20p Fifth Portrait, 10p Fifth Portrait, 5p Fifth Portrait, 2p Fifth Portrait, 1p Fifth Portrait
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): References to Information Used
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All (41) 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 (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 121,766,070 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 191,709,981 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2011
Twenty Pence 2012 69,753,832 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2012
Twenty Pence 2013 66,371,937 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2013
Twenty Pence 2014 173,817,594 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2014
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 63,220,762 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2015
Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 131,275,285 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Twenty Pence 2016 212,673,830 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Twenty Pence 2017 (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Twenty Pence 2018 (mint sets only) 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 ·
Twenty Pence 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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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)
Circulation Mintage63,175,000 (63.2 million)
Total Mintage63,220,762 (63.2 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)21.4000
Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5
OCC IDGRNA-ZOGW-CNZZ-OXJL
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Coin, Great Britain, 20 Pence, 2015
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Twenty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomG4 (was 4631)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1111