Twenty pounds (British coin)

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Twenty pounds
United Kingdom
Value 20 pounds sterling
Mass 15.71 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Edge Milled
Composition .999 fine silver
Years of minting 2013-present
Obverse
British twenty pound coin 2013 obverse.png
Design Queen Elizabeth II
Designer Ian Rank-Broadley
Design date 1998
Reverse
British twenty pound coin 2013 reverse.png
Design Saint George and the Dragon
Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Design date 1817

The British twenty pound (£20) coin is a commemorative coin, first issued by the Royal Mint in 2013.[1] It is minted in .999 fine silver.[2] Twenty pound coins are legal tender but are intended as souvenirs and are almost never seen in circulation. The coin has a weight of 15.71g and a diameter of 27.00mm and was first struck in 2013.

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The obverse of the coin features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coin has no standard reverse, which is altered each year to commemorate important events.

The designs which have appeared on the twenty pound coin's reverse are summarised in the table below.

Year Event Design[3] Edge Inscription Designer
2013 - Saint George and the Dragon Milled Benedetto Pistrucci
2014 The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War Britannia and a lion on the left-hand side with warships in the background. An inscription above and to the right reads THE FIRST WORLD WAR, and below and to the left of that the dates 1914-1918 Milled John Bergdahl
2015 The 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's death Winston Churchill Milled Etienne Millner
2015 The Longest Reigning Monarch The five portraits of Queen Elizabeth II to appear on British coinage above the words "EIIR The Longest Reign" Milled Stephen Taylor
2016 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II The royal cypher wreathed and crowned, all surrounded by roses Milled Christopher Hobbs
2016 Pride of Wales The Welsh dragon Milled Norman Sillman

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