Two Pence 1999, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pence 1999, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pence 1999

The United Kingdom 2p coin was one of three new coins introduced into general circulation on the 15 February 1971 when the United Kingdom adopted a new decimal currency system. The other two new coins were the 1/2p and 1p coins (5p, 10p and 50p had been introduced earlier).

To avoid confusion between the old and new coinage all three coins initially had the word "NEW" incorporated into the reverse design; this was later removed.

The two pence coin is currently the second lowest circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling, after the half penny was demonetised in 1984.

The first copper-plated steel 2p coins were struck in September 1992, replacing the earlier bronze 2p. The reason for this change was the increase in the price of metals on the world markets. The coins have a mild steel core and are electroplated with copper - consequently they are magnetic. Coins issued subsequently have been made in steel, with the exception of 1998 when 2p coins were issued in both alloys.

They retained the original design by Christopher Ironside until the introduction of the new 2p by Matthew Dent in 2008. The original coins are still current though, and circulate in parallel with the new ones. Coins issued in 1999 have now been circulating for 21 years.

One penny and two pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of 20p; this means that it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 1p and 2p coins in order to settle a debt.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage354,032,840 (354.0 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pence 1999 - 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 · 1999. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 1999.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pence 1999 - reverse photo

Within a beaded circle, 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 value 2 is written below the badge, and the value and denomination in words: TWO PENCE are around above.

Reverse Inscription 2 TWO PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Two Pence 1999: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets, bronze
Mintage 136,696 (included in total)
In Set 1999 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection, mintage 136,696
8 coins: £2 Rugby World Cup, £1 Scottish Lion, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: 1999 Baby Gift Set - United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
- variety: 1999 United Kingdom Wedding Coin Collection, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC, bronze
Mintage 80,144 (included in total)
In Set 1999 United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection, mintage 40,317
9 coins: £5 Princess Diana, £2 Rugby World Cup, £1 Scottish Lion, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: 1999 United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection (deluxe), mintage 39,827 (not included in the above set)
Two Pence 1999: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mint link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proofs, mint sets
All (52) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pence 1971 1,455,206,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Two Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Two Pence 1973 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Two Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Two Pence 1975 145,645,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Two Pence 1976 181,479,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Two Pence 1977 109,474,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Two Pence 1978 189,744,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Two Pence 1979 260,281,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Two Pence 1980 408,670,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Two Pence 1981 353,291,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Two Pence 1982 (mint sets only) 311,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Two Pence 1983 (mint sets only) 744,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Two Pence 1984 (mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Two Pence 1999 354,032,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Two Pence 2000 536,849,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Two Pence 2001 551,987,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Two Pence 2002 168,677,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Two Pence 2003 260,381,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Two Pence 2004 356,515,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Two Pence 2005 280,518,263 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Two Pence 2006 170,774,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Two Pence 2007 254,630,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Two Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 10,772,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Two Pence 2008 (Dent design) 241,799,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Two Pence 2009 150,641,270 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Two Pence 2010 99,690,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Two Pence 2011 144,340,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Two Pence 2012 67,903,802 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Two Pence 2013 40,646,937 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Two Pence 2014 247,642,614 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 85,945,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Two Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 139,225,285 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Two Pence 2016 185,648,830 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 (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Two Pence 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Two Pence 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Two Pence 1999: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pence (Ironside design, Steel)
Issued1999
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage353,816,000 (353.8 million)
Total Mintage354,032,840 (354.0 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-plated steel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)25.9000
Thickness (mm)2.0300
Mass (g)7.1200
OCC IDRDKL-MOMK-CYKA-ONZB
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Two Pence 1999: Photos
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 2 Pence, 1999
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Two Pence 1999: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomC5 (was 4690), steel; C5A, bronze
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 987 (steel), 987a (bronze)