United Kingdom: Coin Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only)
CoinTwo Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only)

Issued in Royal Mint coins sets only (637,100 in uncirculated sets and 107,800 in proof sets), not for general circulation.

The denomination on the reverse was changed from "NEW PENCE" to "TWO PENCE". However, some coins were made in error with the wrong reverse saying "NEW PENCE". According to Spink, "reports suggest that the error coins, or "mules", were contained in some sets packed by the Royal Mint for Martini issued in 1983".

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse

Draped bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing a tiara (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin); around, the legend and date ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983 (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Reverse

The reverse of the coin features the Badge of the Prince of Wales: a plume of three ostrich feathers within a coronet, above the incuse German motto ICH DIEN ("I serve"). The numeral "2" is written below the badge, and and the denomination in words: TWO PENCE is written above.

Reverse Inscription 2 TWO PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause lists proof mintage of 107,800 under KM# 928, but elsewhere 125,000 as mintage of the PS43 proof set.
Spink lists uncirculated set US02-1983 with mintage of 637,100 and proof set PS33-1985 with mintage of 107,800.

Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only): Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage 107,800 (included in total)
Variety Old reverse: NEW PENCE
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe word "NEW" was dropped from the reverse of the currency issues in 1982 but a number of two pence coins were struck in 1983 with the incorrect reverse die, similar to the earlier coins. According to Spink, "reports suggest that the error coins, or "mules", were contained in some sets packed by the Royal Mint for Martini issued in 1983".
Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof FDC, Old reverse
All Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pence (50)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pence 1971 1,455,206,250 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) 100,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Two Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Two Pence 1975 145,645,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Two Pence 1976 181,479,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Two Pence 1977 109,474,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Two Pence 1978 189,744,100 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Two Pence 1979 260,281,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Two Pence 1980 408,670,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Two Pence 1981 353,291,300 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Two Pence 1982 (Proof and mint sets only) 311,800 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only) 744,900 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Two Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) 265,340 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Two Pence 1985 107,393,390 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Two Pence 1986 169,239,321 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Two Pence 1987 218,361,834 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Two Pence 1988 420,102,381 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Two Pence 1989 359,389,273 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Two Pence 1990 204,681,358 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Two Pence 1991 86,755,369 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
Two Pence 1992 102,387,747 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Two Pence 1993 235,797,025 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Two Pence 1994 531,872,692 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Two Pence 1995 124,648,286 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Two Pence 1996 296,432,082 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Two Pence 1997 496,306,305 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Two Pence 1998 213,989,862 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1998
Two Pence 1999 354,032,840 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1999
Two Pence 2000 536,849,219 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2000
Two Pence 2001 551,987,113 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2001
Two Pence 2002 168,677,309 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2002
Two Pence 2003 260,381,512 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2003
Two Pence 2004 356,515,637 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2004
Two Pence 2005 280,518,263 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2005
Two Pence 2006 170,774,798 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2006
Two Pence 2007 254,630,093 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2007
Two Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 10,772,577 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Two Pence 2008 (Dent design) 241,799,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2008
Two Pence 2009 150,640,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2009
Two Pence 2010 99,690,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2010
Two Pence 2011 144,340,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2011
Two Pence 2012 67,833,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2012
Two Pence 2013 40,634,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2013
Two Pence 2014 247,634,520 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2014
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 85,900,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2015
Two Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 139,200,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Two Pence 2016 185,200,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Two Pence 2017 16,600,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Two Pence 2018 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
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Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pence (Bronze, Ironside design)
Issued1983
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Mintage744,900
MaterialBronze
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.9000
Thickness (mm)1.8500
Mass (g)7.1200
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