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Five pence coin

First issued

June 1990 – current size

Diameter

22.5mm

Weight

3.25g

Composition

 

1990-2010
2011 to date

Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Nickel-plated steel

Edge

Milled

Key dates

1968

5p coins were issued from April and originally circulated as shillings.

1971

All shillings – meaning both pre-decimal shillings and the new 5p coins – were redenominated as coins of five new pence at the time of decimalisation.

1982

The reverse inscription of 5p coins was changed from NEW PENCE to FIVE PENCE.

1990

With a view to reducing the weight of the coinage, a smaller-sized 5p coin was issued from June. The larger-sized pieces, including the old pre-decimal shillings, were demonetised at the end of the year. 

2008

As part of a general re-design of the coinage, a new reverse was introduced for the 5p coin.

2011

With metal prices rising on world markets, the composition of 5p coins was changed from cupro-nickel to nickel-plated steel. As a result of their steel core, nickel-plated steel 5p coins are magnetic.

Design

Obverse

1990-1997
1998 to date

Designed by Raphael Maklouf
Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse

1990-2008 A thistle royally crowned, being them Badge of Scotland

1990-
2008

A thistle royally crowned, being the Badge of Scotland

Designed by Christopher Ironside

2008 to date A section of the Royal Arms showing elements of all four quarterings

2008
to date




A section of the Royal Arms showing elements of all four quarterings

Designed by Matthew Dent

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