Twenty Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twenty Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwenty Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch

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 £20 coin celebrates the Longest Reigning Monarch in the history of United Kingdom. On 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II had ruled for more than 63 years and 216 days, which was the longest reign before her - that of Queen Victoria.

The coin was only released in a presentation pack in Brilliant Uncirculated grade (product code UK1520RM) and was sold at face value (£20) by the Royal Mint.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage149,408
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Obverse
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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 · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS · 2015 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 20 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Twenty Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch - reverse photo

The reverse shows each of the five definitive portraits of Queen Elizabeth II which have been used on regular coinage of the United Kingdom, creating a time-line effect.

From left to right, the First Portrait by Mary Gillick (1953), the Second Portrait by Arnold Machin (1964), Third Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (1985), Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998) and Fifth Portrait by Jody Clark (2015).

Below the portrait, the Queen's monogram E II R (abbreviated from Elizabeth II Regina, from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, Queen), crowned with the Imperial State Crown.

Around below, the inscription THE LONGEST REIGN.

The artist's initials ST (for Stephen Taylor) are below the monogram. The value, denomination and date are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription E II R THE LONGEST REIGN
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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 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwenty Pounds
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value20 (x Pound)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage149,408
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerStephen Taylor
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.710 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-LJRL-OMPX
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