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. 2 pence are equal to 1/50th of a pound.

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 The shield in its entirety was featured on the £1 coin (which was superseded in 2016 by a bimetallic one pound coin).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 five years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage85,945,762 (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 outlined by a horizontal and a vertical dotted line; the value and denomination TWO PENCE are around above.

The designer's initials MD (for Matthew Dent) are incuse in small letters in the lower part of the vertical dotted line.

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): Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage 31,103 (included in total)
In Sets 2015 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2015, mintage 17,897
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Definitive BU Set), mintage 13,206
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2015 My First Coins & Baby Journal, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage 14,659 (included in total)
In Sets The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Definitive Proof Set), mintage 3,205
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2015 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set - Collector Edition, mintage 7,895
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2015 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,559 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 1,539
Material0.925 Silver
In Sets The 2015 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 298
13 coins: £5 Churchill, £5 Waterloo, £2 Technology, £2 Magna Carta, £2 Royal Navy, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 50p Battle of Britain, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Silver Proof Set), mintage 1,241
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC United Kingdom / Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 209
Material0.917 Gold
In Set The Fourth Circulating Coinage Portrait - Final Edition (Gold Proof Set), mintage 209
8 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Royal Shield, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Platinum Proof FDC
Mintage 10
Material0.999 Platinum
In Set The 2015 United Kingdom Platinum Proof Set, mintage 10
16 coins: £2 Technology, £1 Fourth Portrait, 50p Fourth Portrait, 20p Fourth Portrait, 10p Fourth Portrait, 5p Fourth Portrait, 2p Fourth Portrait, 1p Fourth Portrait, £2 Britannia, £1 Fifth Portrait, 50p Fifth Portrait, 20p Fifth Portrait, 10p Fifth Portrait, 5p Fifth Portrait, 2p Fifth Portrait, 1p Fifth Portrait
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): References to Information Used
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Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mint link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Royal Mint Mintage link Varieties mintage
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 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pence (Dent design)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage85,900,000 (85.9 million)
Total Mintage85,945,762 (85.9 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-plated steel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)25.9000
Thickness (mm)2.0300
Mass (g)7.1200
OCC IDDBYN-KEDD-CPJG-EPQM
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Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Photos
ImageDetails
2015 Gold Proof 2p Two Pence Piece Royal Shield 4th Portrait
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold proof.
Source
Coin, Great Britain, 2 Pence, 2015
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Source
Coin, Great Britain, 2 Pence, 2015
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Source
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomC6 (was 4691)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1108, 1108a (Silver)