Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak

The Twenty Pounds (£20) is a non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coin issued by the Royal Mint since 2013.

The denomination is used to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, and is not intended for general circulation - which is served by a banknote of the same value instead. The coins are legal tender, but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them (in practice, they do not accept them).

This is the second £20 coin issued by the Royal Mint. It marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

The coin has no varieties - it was issued in Silver only - carded, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, with an issue price of £20.00 - i.e. sold at face value, product code UK1420FW.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage141,751
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak - 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 TWENTY POUNDS. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak - reverse photo

The reverse shows a depiction of the standing figure of Britannia (the female personification of the United Kingdom) holding a shield and a trident, watching over departing battle ships from a cliff top, a lion behind her.

Around right along the rim of the coin, the inscription THE FIRST WORLD WAR; to the right of the figure in two lines, the dates of the beginning and the end of the war, 1914 1918. At the base of the coin, the date of issue: 2014.

The designer's initials JB (for John Bergdahl) are in relief in the right field, in the sea under the letter R of WAR.

Reverse Inscription THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 1918 2014
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin was initially listed in Spink under the £20 section, but was later moved to a special section on World War One commemoratives.

See also

This reverse design was issued as:
- five ounces gold (denominated as £10)
- five ounces silver (denominated as £10)
- £20 silver

Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak: References to Information Used
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All (12) coins of type: Twenty Pounds
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Pounds 2013 St George 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS
Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 141,751 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D TWENTY POUNDS
Twenty Pounds 2015 Churchill 132,142 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 20 POUNDS · 2015
Twenty Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 149,408 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Twenty Pounds 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 116,354 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Twenty Pounds 2016 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Twenty Pounds 2016 Christmas 29,929 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS ·
Twenty Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding 24,223 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 20 POUNDS
Twenty Pounds 2017 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Twenty Pounds 2018 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Twenty Pounds 2019 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Twenty Pounds 2020 Welsh Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pounds
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseBritannia, Standing
Face Value20 (x Pound)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage141,751
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.710 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-VMZA-OXJL
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Twenty Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4900 (was N2)