Thursday, 8 November 2012


1p (copper)
Issue Date-15 February 1971
-the illustration on a 1p coin shows the portcullis of Westminster Palace

2p (copper)
Issue Date-15 February 1971
-Prince of Wales feathers

5p (silver)
Issue Date-Current and smaller version - June 1990
(Larger version introduced 1968, demonetised 1990)
-the thistle is a symbol of Scotland, on top of the thistle is the British crown

10p (silver)
Issue Date-Current and smaller version - September 1992
(Larger version introduced in 1968, demonetised in 1993)
-a lion, a proud symbol of Britain's strength, wearing the British crown
20p (silver)
Issue Date-9 June 1982
-Tudor Rose, national flower of England, British crown on top

50p (silver)
Issue Date-Current and smaller version introduced September 1997
(Larger version introduced October 1969, demonetised in 1998)
-Britannia (symbol of Britan) and a lion

£ 1 (gold)
Issue Date-21 April 1983
-There are many different pictures on the £1 coin to reflect the different countries of Britain: lions for England, a thistle for Scotland and a leek for Wales.

£ 2 (gold and silver)
Issue Date-15 June 1998
-The design of the 2 pound coin represents technological development. The edge lettering features the quote "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" by Sir Isaac Newton

The letters D.G.REG.F.D. appear after the Queen's name on the edge of the coins. The letters stand for the Latin words Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor, which means 'By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith'.

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