Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait)

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.

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 is featured on the £1 coin.

The new 2p coin design, which replaced the earlier 2p design by Christopher Ironside, depicts the second quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant from the Royal Banner of Scotland, and the denomination TWO PENCE around above. The coin's obverse remains largely unchanged, but the beading (the ring of dots around the coin's circumference), which no longer features on the coin's reverse, has also been removed from the obverse.

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.

Coins issued in 2015 have now been circulating for only four years.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage85,900,000 (85.9 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - 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 · 2015. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2015.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts the second quarter of the Royal Shield, showing the Lion Rampant from the Royal Banner of Scotland, and the denomination TWO PENCE around above. Unlike the earlier (Ironside) reverse, there is no beading (ring of dots) around the coin's circumference.

Reverse Inscription TWO PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

These are the last two pence coins featuring the Queen's Fourth 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.

Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): References to Information Used
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All (50) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pence
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 ·
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pence (Dent design)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Penny)
Mintage85,900,000 (85.9 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-plated steel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)25.9000
Thickness (mm)2.0300
Mass (g)7.1200
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Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4691
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1108, 1108a (Silver)