Description

The circulating UK coins, excepting the two-pound coin, were redesigned in 2008, keeping the sizes and compositions unchanged, but introducing reverse designs that each depict a part of the Royal Shield of Arms and form (most of) the whole shield when they are placed together in the appropriate arrangement. The exception, the 2008 one-pound coin, depicts the entire shield of arms on the reverse.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark

ELIZABETH II•DEI•GRA•REG•FID•DEF•2018•
J.C

Reverse

The design depicts most of the second quarter of the shield, showing the lion rampant of Scotland.

Engraver: Matthew Dent

TWO PENCE
MD

Edge

2 Pence

5th portrait, Royal Shield
KM# 1333 Sp# C7
Characteristics
Material Copper Plated Steel
Weight 7.12 g
Diameter 25.9 mm
Thickness 2.03 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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