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Coin: Two Pence 2015 (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.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value2 (x Penny) TypeTwo Pence (Steel, Dent design)
Year2015 CurrentYes
Mintage85,900,000 (85.9 million) RarityC (Common)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 85,900,000 (85.9 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialCopper-plated steel DesignerMatthew Dent
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.9000 Thickness (mm)2.0300
Mass (g)7.1200

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, the legend and date ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2015 (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 2015

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 inscriptionTWO PENCE
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1108, 1108a (Silver)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4691
Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait): References to Information Used
Royal Mint January 2017 Mint link
Royal Mint January 2017 Mintage link Circulation mintage
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List of all (48) coins of type: United Kingdom / Two Pence
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Two Pence 1977 Two Pence 1978 Two Pence 1979 Two Pence 1980 Two Pence 1981 Two Pence 1982 (Proof and mint sets only)
Two Pence 1983 (Proof and mint sets only) Two Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) Two Pence 1985 Two Pence 1986 Two Pence 1987 Two Pence 1988
Two Pence 1989 Two Pence 1990 Two Pence 1991 Two Pence 1992 Two Pence 1993 Two Pence 1994
Two Pence 1995 Two Pence 1996 Two Pence 1997 Two Pence 1998 Two Pence 1999 Two Pence 2000
Two Pence 2001 Two Pence 2002 Two Pence 2003 Two Pence 2004 Two Pence 2005 Two Pence 2006
Two Pence 2007 Two Pence 2008 (Ironside design) Two Pence 2008 (Dent design) Two Pence 2009 Two Pence 2010 Two Pence 2011
Two Pence 2012 Two Pence 2013 Two Pence 2014 Two Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) Two Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) Two Pence 2016