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British Coins 1816-2000

 

Coin First
issued
Last
issued
Used
until
Weight
(grams)
Diameter
(mm)
Metal etc
Half Farthing 1842 1859 1869 2.4 18 copper
Farthing ¼d 1821 1859 1869 4.72 22 copper
Farthing ¼d 1860 1956 1960 2.83 20 bronze
Halfpenny ½d 1825 1859 1869 9.3 28 copper
Halfpenny ½d 1860 1967 1969 5.7 25 bronze
Penny 1d 1825 1860 1869 18.8 34 copper
Penny 1d 1860 1967 1971 9.4 31 bronze
Threepence 3d 1845 1941 1971 1.4 16 silver*
Threepence 3d 1937 1967 1971 6.8 21 nickel-brass (12-sided)
Groat 4d 1836 1855 ? 1.9 16 silver
Sixpence 6d/2.5p 1816 1967 1980 2.8 19 silver*
Shilling 1s/12d/5p 1816 1966 1991 5.7 24 silver*
Florin 2s/10p 1849 1967 1993 11.3 29 silver*
Half-Crown 2s6d 1816 1967 1970 14.1 32 silver*
Double Florin 4s 1887 1890 ? 22.6 36 silver
Crown 5s 1818 1965 ? 28.3 39 silver*
Half Sovereign 10s/50p 1817 1982 ? 4.0 19 gold
Sovereign £1 1817 1982 ? 8.0 22 gold
Half Penny ½p 1971 1983 1984 1.78 17.14 bronze
Penny 1p 1971 Current 3.56 20.32 bronze*
Two Pence 2p 1971 Current 7.13 25.91 bronze*
Five Pence 5p 1968 1989 1991 5.65 23.59 cupro-nickel
Five Pence 5p 1990 Current 3.25 18.00 cupro-nickel
Ten Pence 10p 1971 1981 1993 11.31 28.50 cupro-nickel
Ten Pence 10p 1992 Current 6.5 24.50 cupro-nickel
Twenty Pence 20p 1982 Current 5.0 21.4 cupro-nickel* (7-sided)
Fifty-Pence 50p 1969 1997 1998 13.5 30.0 cupro-nickel (7-sided)
Fifty-Pence 50p 1997 Current 8.0 27.3 cupro-nickel (7-sided)
One Pound £1 1983 Current 9.5 22.5 nickel-brass
Two Pound £2 1986 1996 ? 16.0 28.4 nickel-brass
Two Pound £2 1997 Current 12.0 28.4 cupro-nickel + nickel-brass
Crown £5 1990 Current 28.3 38.6 cupro-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.