United Kingdom, 2 pence, 1975

Today’s coin feels large….

United Kingdom, 2 pence, 1975 (KM #916)

We all know Great Britain, and we all know Queen Elizabeth II. The two pence coin isn’t as easy to come by as the penny, but it’s not rare either. This coin is worth about 3.2 cents USD, but contains approximately 6 cents worth of copper.

I wish the US had a 2-cent coin. We tried to introduce one back in 1864, but it didn’t take. Seems like a missed opportunity to me. Also, The US should have a circulating $2 denomination, too, in either coin or banknote format. I spend $2 bills frequently, with my fingers crossed that this plucky underdog will catch on, to see circulation like it used to before the 1960s. In fact, I paid a parking garage fee in $2 bills today. I try. Meanwhile, the UK has a 2-pence coin, the European Union has a 2-cent coin, and the UK, Canada, Australia, and the EU all use some equivalent of a $2 coin. Are we behind the times?

Metal Bronze
Weight 7.12 g
Diameter 25.91 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Engraver C. Ironside (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment


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