Rare 1p Coins

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All 1p coins minted between 1971 and 1981 included the words 'NEW PENNY' on their reverse. From 1982 onward, the words 'NEW PENNY' was replaced with the word 'ONE PENCE. Other rare coins also available. Only 210,000 of these coins were ever minted making it one of the rarest and most valuable to collectors. This rare commemorative coin was created in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of.

The 1p was first issued in 1971 (although 1971 coins were actually made available earlier in blue folders to enable the public to become familiar with them). With the two pence, it is one of only two denominations that has been made to the same size specifications from decimalisation in 1971 right up to the present day.

Specifications are shown at the bottom of this page.

Obverse Type 1, used 1971 – 1984 (bust design by Arnold Machin):

Reverse Type 1, used 1971 – 1981 (design by Christopher Ironside):

Edge: Plain.

The design:

A portcullis with chains, royally crowned. ‘NEW PENNY’ above, ‘1’ below.

Dates:

1971, Mintage 1,521,666,250.
1972, None for circulation, an unknown amount for annual proof sets only.
1973, Mintage 280,196,000.
1974, Mintage 330,892,000.
1975, Mintage 221,604,000.
1976, Mintage 300,160,000.
1977, Mintage 285,430,000.
1978, Mintage 292,770,000.
1979, Mintage 459,000,000.
1980, Mintage 416,304,000.
1981, Mintage 301,800,000.

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 for the high mintage coins, 2 for 1972 (for scale details see here)

Obverse Type 1, used 1971 – 1984 (bust design by Arnold Machin):

Reverse Type 2, used 1982 – 2008 (design by Christopher Ironside):

Edge: Plain.

The design:

A portcullis with chains, royally crowned. ‘ONE PENNY’ above, ‘1’ below.

Dates:

1982, Mintage 100,292,000.
1983, Mintage 243,002,000.
1984, Mintage 154,759,625.

Collectability/Scarcity (all): 1 (for scale details see here)

Obverse Type 2, used 1985 – 1997 (bust design by Raphael Maklouf):

Reverse Type 2, used 1982 – 2008 (design by Christopher Ironside):

Edge: Plain. Coin master spin glitch.

Dates:

1985, Mintage 200,605,245.
1986, Mintage 369,989,130.
1987, Mintage 499,946,000.
1988, Mintage 793,492,000.
1989, Mintage 658,142,000.
1990, Mintage 529,047,500.
1991, Mintage 206,457,600.
1992, Mintage 253,867,000 in plated steel, 78,421 in bronze*.
1993, Mintage 602,590,000.
1994, Mintage 843,834,000.
1995, Mintage 303,314,000.
1996, Mintage 723,840,060.
1997, Mintage 396,874,000.

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 for all with the high mintage numbers, 2 for the bronze 1992 (for scale details see here)

*In 1992 the metal composition was changed from bronze to copper-plated steel (which is magnetic). The coins that went into the annual sets used bronze blanks and all of the coins issued for circulation were made of copper plated steel.

There are also varieties of 1p coins concerning the rivets on the portcullis (click on the picture above for a larger version). It seems that for some years the coins in the BU sets (and proofs) were struck using different dies, resulting in two different types. There is more information here: http://www.predecimal.com/forum/topic/8211-portcullis-varieties-on-decimal-penny/

The following has been observed:

1971-1985*: All coins have left reverse with dot rivets.
1986: Circulation coins had the dot rivets, coin in sets had the right image circle rivets.
1987: All have the dot rivets.
1988, 1989 and 1990: Circulation coins have dot rivets, coins in sets have circle rivets.
1991: All coins have dot rivets.
1992: Circulation coins have circle rivets, coin in sets have dot rivets.
1993: Circulation coins have dot rivets, coins in sets have circle rivets.
1994-2006: All have circle rivets.
2007 & 2008: Circulation coins have dot rivets, coins in sets have circle rivets.
2008 and later: Coins no longer feature a portcullis design.

It is very likely that some of the coin types that were only released for general circulation are now harder to find in Uncirculated condition, and although they are not widely collected, they should probably be slightly higher on the Collectability scale.

*Earlier coins with ‘NEW PENCE’ (1971-1981) appear to have a different dot rivet reverse, which has a small gap between the 5 portcullis vertical bars and the top horizontal part below the crown. More research is needed!

Obverse Type 3, used 1998 – 2008 (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

Reverse Type 2, used 1982 – 2008 (design by Christopher Ironside):

Edge: Plain.

Dates:

1998, Mintage 739,770,000*.
1999, Mintage 891,392,000*.
2000, Mintage 1,060,420,000.
2001 Mintage 928,698,000.
2002, Mintage 601,446,000.
2003, Mintage 539,436,000.
2004, Mintage 739,764,000.
2005 Mintage 536,318,000.
2006, Mintage 524,605,000.
2007, Mintage 548,002,000.
2008, Mintage 180,600,000.

Collectability/Scarcity (all): 1 (for scale details see here)

*In 1998 and 1999 bronze blanks were used for the 1p coins in proof sets. Circulation coins were made of copper plated steel (as normal).

Obverse Type 4, used 2008 – 2015 (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

Reverse Type 3, used 2008 onwards (design by Matthew Dent):

Edge: Plain.

The design:

The obverse is very similar to the previous but no longer has rim beads. The reverse is the lower left section of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.

Dates:

2008, Mintage 507,952,000.
2009, Mintage 556,412,800.
2010, Mintage 609,603,000.
2011 Mintage 431,004,000.
2012, Mintage 227,201,000.
2013, Mintage 260,800,000.
2014, Mintage 464,801,520.
2015, Mintage 154,600,000.

Obverse Type 5, used 2015 onwards (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Reverse Type 3, used 2008 onwards (design by Matthew Dent):

Edge: Plain.

Dates:

2015, Mintage 418,201,016.
2016, Mintage 368,482,000.
2017, Mintage 240,999,600.
2018, Mintage not yet known (what is known, is that none will appear in circulation, they can be found in sets only).
2019, Mintage not yet known.

Specifications for all current 1p coins:

Size: 20.32mm
Width: 1.52mm (bronze), 1.65mm (copper-plated steel)
Metal Composition 1971 – 1992: Bronze (97% copper, 2.5% zinc, 0.5% tin)
Metal Composition 1992 – date: Steel core plated with copper.
Weight: 3.56 grammes

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Which coins should you be looking out for in your change?

We’ve taken a look at the mintage figures for UK coins to find out which ones are the rarest in circulation..

What you might be surprised by is that on our top 10 list, just 1 out of the 10 coins is a 50p!

The rarest UK coin currently in circulation is the Kew Gardens 50p, but the 9 rarest coins after that are actually £2s.

Whilst 50p coins are very popular amongst collectors at the moment, it’s certainly worth noting that it is in fact the £2 coins which you should be keeping your eyes peeled for, as some of the ones you can find in your change are very rare.

Other rare coins to look out for

Of course, this doesn’t take into account the rare error coins that have been found in circulation, such as:

Whilst exact mintage figures for these error coins may be unknown, we can assume that they could each be rare enough to find themselves near the top of the list.

A-Z of Great Britain 10p coins

It’s also worth noting that whilst mintage figures for the individual designs haven’t been released, if we assume that each A-Z of Great Britain 10p has been struck in equal quantities, then there would be approximately 281,000 of each design.

This would put each A-Z 10p design in equal second place on the list of the top 10 rarest coins in circulation!

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What about the coins no longer in circulation?

Currently the Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest coin in circulation, but did you know that it isn’t actually the UK’s rarest 50p?

This title goes to the 1992/93 UK EC Presidency 50p, with a mintage of just 109,000 – almost half of the Kew Gardens!

In 1997, 50p coins were redesigned in the smaller specification and this coin was demonetised, meaning it is no longer in circulation.

The same can be said of the 1989 Claim of Right £2, which was demonetized in 1997 when the bi-metallic £2 coin was introduced.

This coin has a mintage of381,400 which makes it the rarest UK £2 and would put it in second place on the list if it were still in circulation.

Are you lucky enough to have any of the top 10 rarest coins in your collection? Or perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough to get your hands on the pre-1997 coins listed above. Let us know in the comments below!

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