Twopence 1848 (Circulating), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Twopence 1848 (Circulating), Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1971)
CoinTwopence 1848 (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.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage261,000
Obverse

Bare head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing ribbon in hair (effigy by William Wyon known as the "Young Head"); around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F: D:
Reverse

At centre within an open oak wreath; the numeral 2; above, crown; the numeral dividing the date 1848.

Reverse Inscription 2 1848
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Not listed in Remick. According to Krause, these circulation coins were struck for use in British Guyana and the West Indies.

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Twopence 1848 (Circulating): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeTwopence (Circulating)
Issued1848
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by William Wyon (Young Head)
Face Value2 (x Penny)
Mintage261,000
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.925 silver
DesignerJean Baptiste Merlen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)13
Mass (g)0.9400
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Twopence 1848 (Circulating): Catalogue Reference IDs