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Coin: Twopence 1817 (Circulating)

There were two forms of twopence, the currency issue like this piece (with a duller surface), and a special piece for the Maundy Thursday ceremonies - both with numeral 2 on the reverse but the Maundy issues have a proof-like finish.

Apart from the surface quality, they are indistinguishable. For the purpose of completeness though, the Maundy coins are listed separately in the Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) section.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Penny) TypeTwopence (Circulating)
Year1817 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark unknown
Material0.925 silver DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
MonarchKing George III EffigySmall Head
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)13 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)0.9400

Laureate head of King George III facing right; below, the date 1817; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA 1817

At centre a numeral 2 with a large crown above; around, BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF: (the top of the crown divides the legend).

Reverse inscription2 BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone

Spink only lists Maundy coins in this year.

Twopence 1817 (Circulating): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 669
Twopence 1817 (Circulating): References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (6) coins of type: United Kingdom / Twopence (Circulating)
Twopence 1817 (Circulating) Twopence 1818 (Circulating) Twopence 1820 (Circulating) Twopence 1838 (Circulating) Twopence 1843 (Circulating) Twopence 1848 (Circulating)