United Kingdom, 1 penny, 1978

Better late than never…. here’s today’s coin.

United Kingdom, 1 penny, 1978 (KM #915)

This coin is the predecessor to the coin featured two days ago. This is the first incarnation of the decimal penny, in the style minted from 1971 through 1981. The Queen was younger then, and so is her portrait. Unlike in Y2K, the British penny was bronze in 1978; the switch from bronze to steel was made in 1992. Regardless, this coin will fetch 1.6 cents USD. With a mintage of 292.77 million, it is a common coin.

Metal Bronze
Weight 3.56 g
Diameter 20.32 mm
Thickness 1.52 mm
Engravers Arnold Machin (obverse)
Cristopher Ironside (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment


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