The familiar bi-metallic UK £2 coin was introduced in 1998 (the first was actually dated 1997). Seven single metal gold coloured thicker coins were issued before this date. The older coins remain legal tender but are rarely seen in circulation.
The old style £1 coin was introduced in 1983 to replace the Bank of England £1 note, which remained in circulation alongside the coins until 1988. Many different reverse designs were used on the original £1 coin, alternating design themes
June 2023 – Data updated to include coins minted up to 2022! Note that the app is always more up-to-date than the website. The 50p coin was introduced in 1969 to replace the Bank of England 10 Shilling note. It was one of
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
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 58 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 1,000 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. Fifty-two 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 quickly see what decimal coins were made. The history and information behind the events. Mintage numbers with a 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.
Further in-depth information can be found in the UK’s best selling coin book (which is also available in Kindle format) “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the United Kingdom“. The book contains all the information on this website, plus a lot more. Price data for all circulation UK coins as well as information on special proof issues and other coins that were sold in packs and sets. The 2021 edition of the book is available from the end of October 2021.
Also available is the Check Your Change app for Android and Apple devices, which allows users to manage their collection of UK decimal coins. It can also be upgraded to provide current values. More details here.
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|Angel of the North
|Double Decker (bus)
|Fish & Chips
|Greenwich Mean Time
|Houses of Paliament
|Loch Ness (monster)
|World Wide Web
|X – marks the spot
|Obverse (common to all)
The alphabet 10p coins, struck in 2018 and 2019. A little more information can be found here: 10p Coins in Circulation
The One Penny to £2 coins sections now cover all coins issued up to the end of 2022. The current book covers the same period but also features proof coins, precious metals and a lot more information within its 204
The new Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the UK (AKA Check Your Change) will be published on the 15th February 2023. It will be available from the usual places, e.g. on Amazon and directly from the publisher’s website:
The new 2021 Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the UK (AKA Check Your Change) is now available to purchase. It can be found in the usual places, e.g. on Amazon: New book on Amazon (UK) Or from the publisher
Over the last few days all of the Half pence to £2 coins have been brought right up to date. Changes have been made to the mintage figures of some older coins due to new data being available and £5
Over the last few days the 50p, £2 and £20 note sections of the website have been updated with the current coins (and new £20). Many images have also been improved. These changes (and more) will soon be reflected in
I’ve just added the recently released 2018 coin mintage figures and have also added the most recent 2019 commemorative coins. Everything should be bang up to date now! Also, the new information and of course the very latest price information