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British Coins 1816-2000

 

CoinFirst
issued
Last
issued
Used
until
Weight
(grams)
Diameter
(mm)
Metal etc
Half Farthing1842185918692.418copper
Farthing ¼d1821185918694.7222copper
Farthing ¼d1860195619602.8320bronze
Halfpenny ½d1825185918699.328copper
Halfpenny ½d1860196719695.725bronze
Penny 1d18251860186918.834copper
Penny 1d1860196719719.431bronze
Threepence 3d1845194119711.416silver*
Threepence 3d1937196719716.821nickel-brass (12-sided)
Groat 4d18361855?1.916silver
Sixpence 6d/2.5p1816196719802.819silver*
Shilling 1s/12d/5p1816196619915.724silver*
Florin 2s/10p18491967199311.329silver*
Half-Crown 2s6d18161967197014.132silver*
Double Florin 4s18871890?22.636silver
Crown 5s18181965?28.339silver*
Half Sovereign 10s/50p18171982?4.019gold
Sovereign £118171982?8.022gold
Half Penny ½p1971198319841.7817.14bronze
Penny 1p1971Current3.5620.32bronze*
Two Pence 2p1971Current7.1325.91bronze*
Five Pence 5p1968198919915.6523.59cupro-nickel
Five Pence 5p1990Current3.2518.00cupro-nickel
Ten Pence 10p19711981199311.3128.50cupro-nickel
Ten Pence 10p1992Current6.524.50cupro-nickel
Twenty Pence 20p1982Current5.021.4cupro-nickel* (7-sided)
Fifty-Pence 50p19691997199813.530.0cupro-nickel (7-sided)
Fifty-Pence 50p1997Current8.027.3cupro-nickel (7-sided)
One Pound £11983Current9.522.5nickel-brass
Two Pound £219861996?16.028.4nickel-brass
Two Pound £21997Current12.028.4cupro-nickel + nickel-brass
Crown £51990Current28.338.6cupro-nickel

 

Notes

  • Brass* - from 1992 "bronze" 1p and 2p coins were made from copper-plated steel.
  • Silver* - from 1920 "silver" coins contained only 50% silver, and from 1952 "silver" coins were made entirely of cupro-nickel.
  • Cupro-Nickel* - the alloy used for 20p coins contains more copper than the other cupro-nickel coins.