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20 Pence - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

20 Pence - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse20 Pence - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1985-1997
Value 20 Pence
0.20 GBP = 0.26 USD
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 5 g
Diameter 21.4 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Equilateral curve heptagon (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 939,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Sp# G2
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the George IV State Diadem, legend around.

Note: varieties exist, see below

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
RDM
D·G·REG·F·D·

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Crowned Tudor rose dividing date and legend, denomination below.

Lettering:
TWENTY PENCE
19 97
W G
20

Engraver: William Maving Gardner

William Maving Gardner (25 May 1914 in Newcastle – 28 December 2000) was an English coin designer, engraver, calligrapher and writer who worked regularly for the Royal Mint over a 30-year period. He is notable for designing coins such as the British 20 Pence Coin and some of the coins of Cyprus, New Zealand, Jordan, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka and the Falkland Islands.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The 1986 strike was not issued for circulation and only issued as part of the Annual Coin Sets in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions.

Obverse varieties:

An obverse die design change occurred part way through 1992.

1985-1992 slightly smaller portrait;
1992-1997 slightly larger portrait;



1997 has small varieties in the design of the portrait.

(former Spink ref. 4361)

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1985  74,273,699 0.27 0.34 0.51 1.48 12%
1985  102,010 0.03% BU
1985  102,015 4.04 1.6% Proof
1986  167,220 3.75 1.4% BU
1986  104,597 4.29 1.2% Proof
1987  137,450,000 0.26 0.24 0.27 0.31 0.32 4.13 33%
1987  172,420 0.05% BU
1987  88,659 2.37 1.4% Proof
1988  38,038,344 0.26 0.26 0.36 0.53 21%
1988  134,060 0.03% BU
1988  79,314 4.04 1.2% Proof
1989  132,013,890 0.26 0.26 0.26 0.30 0.59 32%
1989  77,560 0.04% BU
1989  85,704 4.07 1.2% Proof
1990  88,097,500 0.26 0.27 0.28 0.32 0.34 25%
1990  102,600 0.05% BU
1990  79,052 3.18 1.0% Proof
1991  35,901,250 0.27 0.26 0.36 0.47 13%
1991  74,970 0.03% BU
1991  55,144 3.18 0.7% Proof
1992  78,420 0.06% BU
1992  0.27 3% large portrait
1992  31,205,000 0.56 0.66 10% small portrait
1992  62,326 2.37 0.9% small portrait; Proof
1993  123,123,750 0.26 0.24 0.28 0.30 0.37 1.01 30%
1993  56,940 0.03% BU
1993  66,080 3.81 1.0% Proof
1994  67,131,250 0.27 0.27 0.33 0.28 0.38 0.36 19%
1994  177,970 0.05% BU
1994  66,720 1.18 1.0% Proof
1995  102,005,000 0.26 0.27 0.30 0.34 0.36 25%
1995  105,640 0.04% BU
1995  60,639 2.07 1.0% Proof
1996  83,163,750 0.26 0.27 0.27 0.33 0.43 21%
1996  86,500 0.04% BU
1996  67,581 4.04 1.0% Proof
1997  109,550 0.06% BU
1997  80,748 2.37 1.5% Proof
1997  89,518,750 0.26 0.27 0.27 0.27 0.36 0.96 22% varieties exist

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