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    Decimal Pennies

    Elizabeth II Decimal Pennies have been struck from 1971 to present day. There are currently three different types of obverse and four types of reverse. All decimal Pennies are still in circulation. All Decimal Pennies weigh approximately 3.56 grams and have diameter of 20.32 millimeters. I have listed all decimal Pennies up to 2008 not including the current reverse design as these are still being made and will be added when a new design is put into production. Eventually when the current type of Decimal coinage is changed it will be added to the catalogue.

    Obverse Types
    Obverse 1 (1971 - 1984)
    Obverse 2 (1985 - 1997)
    Obverse 3 (1998 - 2008)
    Elizabeth II 1971 Penny (Obverse) Elizabeth II Bronze Penny (Obverse) Elizabeth II Old Head Penny (Obverse)
    Arnold Machin
    Raphael Maklouf
    Ian Rank-Broadley



    Reverse Types
    Reverse 1 (1971 - 1981)
    Reverse 2
    Reverse 3

    Elizabeth II 1971 New Penny (Reverse)

    Elizabeth II Bronze Penny (Reverse) Elizabeth II Old Head Penny (Reverse)



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    There are two different Portcullis Reverse Varieties which to the untrained eye look identical but actually have large differences.


    In putting this guide to Pennies together I have noticed further variation in the Portcullis reverses. I have noticed the vertical bars on some reverses are not attached to the top horizontal bar. This requires some time to study and will be added to the guide at a later date.

    Proof Types
    Gloss Proof
    Frosted
    Elizabeth II Gloss Proof New Penny Obverse Elizabeth II Bronze Frosted Proof Penny Pence (Obverse)
    To produce Gloss Proofs like this the entire die's surface is polished to obtain this perfect finish across the whole coin. The surface is highly reflective and with full luster has a very glossy quality unlike any circulation issue. A Frosted Proof is a Proof coin which has a contrast between the device and the Field.The field is made perfect and flawless by polishing the die and the Frosted area is created by shot blasting it to give the die a rough surface.



    Decimal One Penny Varieties
    CW# Date Metal Obv/Rev Mintage Additional Info
    29 1971 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 1,521,666,250  
    30 1971 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 350,000 Gloss Proof
    31 1972 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 150,000 Gloss Proof
    32 1973 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 280,196,000  
    33 1973 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 100,000 Gloss Proof
    34 1974 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 330,892,000  
    35 1974 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 100,000 Gloss Proof
    36 1975 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 221,604,000  
    37 1975 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 100,000 Gloss Proof
    38 1976 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 300,160,000  
    39 1976 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 100,000 Gloss Proof
    40 1977 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 285,430,000  
    41 1977 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 194,000 Gloss Proof
    42 1978 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 292,770,000  
    43 1978 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 88,000 Gloss Proof
    44 1979 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 459,000,000  
    45 1979 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 81,000 Gloss Proof
    46 1980 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 416,304,000  
    47 1980 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 143,000 Frosted Proof
    48 1981 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 301,800,000  
    49 1981 Bronze Obv1 Rev1 100,000 Frosted Proof
    50 1982 Bronze Obv1 Rev2 100,292,000  
    51 1982 Bronze Obv1 Rev2 107,000 Frosted Proof
    52 1983 Bronze Obv1 Rev2 243,002,000  
    53 1983 Bronze Obv1 Rev2 108,000 Frosted Proof
    54 1984 Bronze Obv1 Rev2 154,759,625  
    55 1984 Bronze Obv1 Rev2 107,000 Frosted Proof
    56 1985 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 200,605,245  
    57 1985 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 102,000 Frosted Proof
    58 1986 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 369,989,130  
    59 1986 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 125,000 Frosted Proof
    60 1987 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 499,946,000  
    61 1987 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 89,000 Frosted Proof
    62 1988 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 793,492,000  
    63 1988 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 125,000 Frosted Proof
    64 1989 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 658,142,000  
    65 1989 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 100,000 Frosted Proof
    66 1990 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 529,047,500  
    67 1990 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 100,000 Frosted Proof
    68 1991 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 206,457,600  
    69 1991 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 56,144 Frosted Proof
    70 1992 Bronze Obv2 Rev2  ? Bu Sets only
    71 1992 Bronze Obv2 Rev2 44,387 Frosted Proof
    72 1992 Steel Obv2 Rev2 253,867,000  
    73 1992 Steel Obv2 Rev3 Inc Abv  
    74 1993 Steel Obv2 Rev2 602,590,000  
    75 1993 Steel Obv2 Rev3 Inc Abv
    76 1993 Steel Obv2 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    77 1994 Steel Obv2 Rev2 843,834,000  
    78 1994 Steel Obv2 Rev3 Inc Abv  
    79 1994 Steel Obv2 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    80 1995 Steel Obv2 Rev3 303,314,000  
    81 1995 Steel Obv2 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    82 1996 Steel Obv2 Rev3 723,840,060  
    83 1996 Steel Obv2 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    84 1996 Silver Obv2 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    85 1997 Steel Obv2 Rev3 396,874,000  
    86 1997 Steel Obv2 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    87 1998 Steel Obv3 Rev3 739,770,000  
    88 1998 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    89 1999 Steel Obv3 Rev3 891,392,000  
    90 1999 Bronze Obv3 Rev3  ? Bu Sets Only
    91 1999 Bronze Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    92 2000 Steel Obv3 Rev3 1,060,420,000  
    93 2000 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    94 2000 Silver Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    95 2001 Steel Obv3 Rev3 928,698,000  
    96 2001 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    97 2002 Steel Obv3 Rev3 601,446,000  
    98 2002 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    99 2002 Gold Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    100 2003 Steel Obv3 Rev3 539,436,000  
    101 2003 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    102 2004 Steel Obv3 Rev3 739,764,000  
    103 2004 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    104 2005 Steel Obv3 Rev3 536,318,000  
    105 2005 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    106 2006 Steel Obv3 Rev3 524,605,000  
    107 2006 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    108 2006 Silver Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    109 2007 Steel Obv3 Rev2 548,002,000  
    110 2007 Steel Obv3 Rev3 Inc Abv  
    111 2007 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    112 2008 Steel Obv3 Rev2 180,600,000  
    113 2008 Steel Obv3 Rev3 Inc Abv  
    114 2008 Steel Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    115 2008 Silver Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    116 2008 Gold Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof
    117 2008 Platinum Obv3 Rev3  ? Frosted Proof





    New Design Part Shield Reverse

    Striking of this new design started in 2008 and is unfortunately in use still today. The abomination of a reverse design was designed by Matthew Dent. It features a small portion of the Royal Arms with the inscription ONE PENNY frankly if a primary school child designed it i would still consider their design to be unimaginative and lazy. How ever I'm sure some one at the Royal Mint likes his design as it was chosen from other designs in a competition to redesign the reverses of the coinage excluding the two pound coin. The obverse was kept the same as the previous type.

    Writing this additional comment in 2014 I can say much to my surprise that the majority of people have grown rather fond of the new reverse design. It does however upset a lot of people still to no longer have Britannia on any of our coins and her return is eagerly awaited by many (Myself included) .

    Date Mintage
    2008 Inc Abv
    2009
    2010
    2011

    Elizabeth II Shield Reverse Penny Pence (Obverse)Elizabeth II Shield Reverse Penny (Reverse)