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INFORMATION ABOUT ACTUAL ENGLISH COINS

 

In this year of 2017, four things to know:
  1. This month of March 2017, the one pound coin sterling changes (See the new pound coin). It becomes bimettalic and dodecagonal instead of round and in brass.
  2. A new effigy of queen Elizabeth II was created in 2015. The designer of this new monetary portrait is called Jody Clark.
  3. The English change had changed previously! Since 2008, the reverses of the English coins have a brand new engraving detail which you can see below.
  4. The pound sterling is no longer what it used to be. Its value, when compared to the Euro, is very fluctuating, it tends to equality in the long term. Therefore, to know the value of your pounds in comparison with the Euro, have a look at this website : http://www.xe.com/ucc/.
In this page, you can see the circulating small change used in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Of course, all these coins have, engraved on the obverse, Queen Elizabeth II's profile. Already three different types of effigies of the Queen exist. You can see the first one on the half-penny exemplary below. The second one is on the ten pence exemplary, as for the third one, it is on the penny exemplary. The English currency is the pound sterling and the English adopting the euro is for the time being merely out of the question, which is a pity. A pound sterling equaled for a long time to more or less a euro and a half (1£ = 1,5 €).

In this page, all coins are scanned at 150 pixels per inch. Here is a euro cent coin for comparison.

Current English coins from 1971 to 2017

One penny

new reverse
One needs 100 coins of a penny to make a pound. The coin of a penny is out of plated copper steel.

Two pence

new reverse
One needs 50 coins of two pence to make a pound. The coin of two pence is out of plated copper steel.

Five pence

new reverse
One needs 20 coins of five pence to make a pound. The coin of five pence is out of copper-nickel.

Ten pence

new reverse
One needs 10 coins of ten pence to make a pound. The coin of ten pence is out of copper-nickel.

Twenty pence

new reverse
One needs 5 coins of twenty pence to make a pound. The coin of twenty pence is out of copper-nickel.

Fifty pence

new reverse
One needs 2 coins of fifty pence to make a pound. The coin of fifty pence is out of copper-nickel.

One pound

new reverse
The coin of a pound is out of brass.

Two pounds

The bi-metallic coin of two pounds has a copper-nickel center and an external brass ring.

Remark : There are a lot of  commemorative English coins into circulation.

One half-penny

In fact, the half penny is no longer circulating since 1981-1984. One needs 200 coins of a half-penny to make a pound. The coin of a half-penny is out of bronze.

 

Commemorative English coins and collecting proof sets
   

There are series sets of current English coins, including silver coins, as well as sets of gold and silver Britannia. For more details on these coins, refer to the website on the British Royal Mint :

http://www.royalmint.com/

 

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