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Reverse of a British two pence coin showing a section of the Royal Arms



Two pence coin

First issued

15 February 1971

Diameter

25.9mm

Weight

7.12g

Composition


1971-92
1992 to date

Bronze (97% copper, 2.5% zinc, 0.5% tin)
Copper-plated steel

Edge

Plain

Key dates

1971

2p coins were issued into circulation on 15 February, the day the United Kingdom adopted a decimal system of currency.

1982

The reverse inscription was changed from NEW PENCE to TWO PENCE.

1983

A handful of pieces bearing this date were struck in error with the NEW PENCE inscription.

1992

With metal prices rising on world markets, the composition of 2p coins was changed from bronze to copper-plated steel. As a result of their steel core, copper-plated steel 2p coins are magnetic.

1998

In consequence of a temporary shortage in plating capacity, the Royal Mint struck 2p coins in bronze as well as in copper-plated steel.

2008

As part of a general re-design of the coinage, a new reverse was introduced for the 2p coin.

Design

Obverse

1971-1984
1985-1997
1998 to date

Designed by Arnold Machin
Designed by Raphael Maklouf
Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse image

Reverse of 1971-81 British two pence coin depicting the Badge of the Prince of Wales
1971-81

The Badge of the Prince of Wales, being three ostrich feathers enfiling a coronet of crosses pattee and fleurs de lys with the motto ICH DIEN, accompanied by the words NEW PENCE

Designed by Christopher Ironside

Reverse of 1982-2008 British two pence coin depicting the Badge of the Prince of Wales
1982-2008

The Badge of the Prince of Wales, being three ostrich feathers enfiling a coronet of crosses pattee and fleurs de lys with the motto ICH DIEN, accompanied by the words TWO PENCE

Designed by Christopher Ironside

Reverse of a British two pence coin showing a section of the Royal Arms
2008
to date

A section of the Royal Arms showing elements of the second quartering

Designed by Matthew Dent