In 1998 the now familiar bi-metallic £2 coin was introduced (the first was actually dated 1997). There had been seven different thicker £2 coins made of a single metal issued before this date but while these coins are still legal tender, they
The £1 coin was introduced in 1983 to replace the Bank of England £1 note, which remained in circulation alongside the new coin until 1988. Many different reverse designs have been used on the £1 coin, alternating design themes each
The 50p coin was introduced in 1969 to replace the Bank of England 10 Shilling note. It was one of only three decimal coins to have been made and circulated before decimalisation took place fully in 1971. A huge number of different reverse designs
The most commonly collected decimal coins from change are the commemorative £2 coins, 50p and the UK themed £1 coins. These have separate pages with links on the home page. For the rest, there is this page, which covers decimal coins under 50p
(September 2016 – a few minor updates made and the new £5 note added)
Welcome to the original ‘Check Your Change’. Your comprehensive guide to Britain’s circulating coins (plus all other decimal coins right back to 1968) and Bank of England bank notes.
100s of pages of information, conveniently and logically organised and smart phone friendly!
People have been checking their change with the help of ‘Check Your Change’ for 51 years! The Original Check Your Change is now online and more interactive than ever before.
In the early days it was the Pounds, Shillings and Pence that people were checking. These had served as the coinage of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for over 1000 years. The UK switched to a fully decimal system (i.e. 100 pennies to the pound instead of the previous 240 pennies or 20 shillings to the pound) in 1971. Forty-five years and a good two or three generations later and anyone under 50 is unlikely to be familiar with anything other than decimal coinage.
Use this website to be able to quickly see what decimal coins were made, the history and information behind the events, mintage numbers and the Rotographic collectability scale. Significant new issues (with the emphasis on standard coinage rather than precious metal issues) and other related decimal coins developments will be added here.
This website is produced in conjunction with the UK’s most comprehensive book on decimal coinage (which is available in printed and eBook format) “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the United Kingdom“. The book contains all the information on this website, plus a lot more, including price data for all circulation coins and current Bank of England bank notes as well as information on the special proof issues in all metals.
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Here are some details of not very widely known varieties concerning current UK coinage (more info can be found on the site):
1. There are varieties of 1p coin that concern the type of rivets on the Portcullis shown on the reverse. For some years one type was only made for proof and BU sets, making the other type now quite rare in perfect condition as they were all circulated and are mostly now very well used. More info on the 1p page.
2. 1992 1p coins and 1992 and 1998 2p coins were made in both bronze and copper plated steel (which is magnetic).
3. The 1990 5p exists with either a rounded or squared profile rim.
4. The 2008 shield section 5p is known to exist with 180 degree alignment (i.e. the heads side is upside down compared to the tails
5. There are five different 1992 10p coins, due to the fact that there were two slightly different obverse dies used, two slightly different reverse dies used and two different types of edge (rounded or square, just like for the 1990 5p)! Two pages of identification info in printed in the current book.
6. Two 2009 10p coins are known to exist that have the wrong (previous) reverse, i.e. the Lion reverse instead of the correct shield section reverse. One of the two coins was actually lost in the post! The one that wasn’t lost was sold for £800.
7. There are two different types of 1992 20p, one with a small head (as used on earlier 20p coins 1985 to 1991) and one with a larger head (as used on later 20p coin, up to 1997). Proportionately the small head type is harder to find in change. More info on the 20p page.
8. The 2009 Blue Peter (High Jump) 50p originally had a maximum intended mintage of 100,000. This was reduced to 50,000 and of that limit only 19,751 coins were sold. None were circulated, they were only available in Blue Peter branded packs. These packs have rapidly increased in value over the last couple of months.
9. The 1999 Standard reverse £2 coin (STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS edge) wasn’t made available in the 1999 BU or proof annual set and no one thought about saving exceptionally good ones from circulation at the time. As a result this coin is now incredibly hard to find in perfect condition, despite the 38,652,00 mintage and it being easy to find in normal used condition.
10. The 2015 Britannia reverse £2 coin exists with incorrect alignment – With the Queen up the right way, the reverse shows Britannia with the top of her head at 4 o’ clock. More info on this post.
Coming to light in recent weeks are these fake Britannia £2 coins which probably originate in China and have so far been found only in South Wales. They have an odd shiny, almost proof-like appearance and have no date on them.
Originally thought to be a one-off, but now a few have come to light (currently 5 or 6). This is a newly discovered 2015 Britannia £2 coin error that concerns die alignment. Normally all modern British coins are aligned
Current Bank of England bank note information has now been added to the site. It can be accessed from the menu option on each page, or from here.
The Royal Mint have just released most of the mintage figures for 2015 coins. They have been added to the appropriate pages. Here is a summary: 1p with 4th portrait – 154,600,000 1p with 5th portrait – 418,201,016 2p with
Yesterday (29th February 2016) the Royal Mint Ltd launched the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit 50p coin. It proved so popular that the website was barely accessible and buyers were put into a queue before accessing even the home page. Some