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Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pence 2015 (Fifth 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 seven years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage131,275,285 (131.3 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth 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 first twenty pence coins featuring the Queen's Fifth 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 (Fifth Portrait): Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 22,080 (included in total)
In Set The Fifth Circulating Coinage Portrait - First Edition (Definitive BU Set), mintage 22,080
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Twenty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) / Proof FDC - obverse photo
Mintage Issued: 3,205 (included in total)
In Set The Fifth Circulating Coinage Portrait - First Edition (Definitive Proof Set), mintage 3,205
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 1,876
Material0.925 Silver
In Set The Fifth Circulating Coinage Portrait - First Edition (Silver Proof Set), mintage 1,876
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 245
Material0.917 Gold
In Set The Fifth Circulating Coinage Portrait - First Edition (Gold Proof Set), mintage 245
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Platinum Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 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 (Fifth Portrait): References to Information Used
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Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
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 2015 (Fifth Portrait): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pence (Dent design)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value20 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage131,250,000 (131.3 million)
Total Mintage131,275,285 (131.3 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 IDJPMV-ROAP-CBAX-ENQG
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