British twenty-five pence coin

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Twenty-five pence
United Kingdom
Value 25.0 pence sterling
Mass 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Edge milled
Composition 75% Cu, 25% Ni
Years of minting 1971–1981
Catalog number -
Obverse
Design Queen Elizabeth II
Designer Arnold Machin
Design date 1963
Reverse
British coin 25p (1981) reverse.jpg
Design Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales
Designer Philip Nathan
Design date 1981

The commemorative British decimal twenty-five pence (25p) coin was issued in four designs between 1972 and 1981. These coins were a post-decimalisation continuation of the traditional crown, with the same value of a quarter of a pound sterling. Uniquely in British decimal coinage, the coins do not have their value stated on them. This is because previous crowns rarely did so.

The coins were issued for commemorative purposes and were not intended for circulation, although they remain legal tender and must be accepted at Post Offices.[1] The coins weigh 28.28 g (0.9092 oz troy) and have a diameter of 38.61 mm.

Twenty-five pence coin issues were discontinued after 1981 due to the prohibitive cost to the Royal Mint of producing such large coins with such small value. From 1990 the "crown" was revived as the commemorative five pound coin, having the same dimensions and weight but a value twenty times as great.

Designs[edit]

The following 25p coins were produced:

1972 issue 1972: To celebrate the Silver wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Obverse: The standard portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin with the inscription D·G·REG·F·D· ELIZABETH II.

Reverse: The initials EP crowned and with a floral garland, with a naked figure of Eros at the centre. The inscription reads: ELIZABETH AND PHILIP 20 NOVEMBER 1947 - 1972. This face was also designed by Arnold Machin.

Both faces are encircled by dots. The edge of the coin is milled. There were 7,452,000 cupronickel coins[2] and 100,000 silver coins issued.

1977 issue 1977: To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.

Obverse: A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II riding a horse, in a similar style to the 1953 crown celebrating her coronation. The inscription reads ELIZABETH·II DG·REG FD 1977.

Reverse: A design showing coronation regalia. The Ampulla and Anointing Spoon used in the Queen's coronation are displayed crowned, and encircled by a floral border. These objects date from the 14th and 12th centuries respectively and have remained in continuous use.

Both faces were designed by Arnold Machin. The edge of the coin is milled. There were 36,989,000 cupronickel coins[2] and 377,000 silver coins issued.

1980 issue 1980: To celebrate the eightieth birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Obverse: The standard portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin with the inscription D·G·REG·F·D· ELIZABETH II.

Reverse: A portrait of the Queen Mother surrounded by a radiating pattern of bows and lions, a pun on her maiden name Bowes-Lyon. The inscription reads: QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER AUGUST 4th 1980. The reverse was designed by Professor Richard Guyatt.

Both faces are encircled by dots. The edge of the coin is milled. There were 9,478,000 cupronickel coins[2] and 83,672 silver coins issued.

British coin 25p (1981).jpg
1981 issue
1981: To celebrate the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

Obverse: The standard portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin with the inscription D·G·REG·F·D· ELIZABETH II.

Reverse: A profile portrait of Lady Diana Spencer partially covered by a profile portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales, both facing to the left, with the inscription H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER 1981. This face was designed by Philip Nathan.

Both faces are encircled by dots. The edge of the coin is milled. There were 26,773,600 cupronickel coins[2] and 17,000 silver coins issued.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Royal Mint
  2. ^ a b c d Commemorative Twenty-five pence mintages, Royal mint
Preceded by
crown
Crown-sized British coin
1972–1981
Succeeded by
five pounds