Two Pence Coin UK, Post One if you Have One?!

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  1. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Can you imagine what it would be like to be a youngin' and have one of these big honkers in your pocket in 1797? Mine has a bad alloy mix and I just noticed some flake in the date,:shame: lucky I'm not trying to sell! I wonder if you could buy a candy bar with one back in the day? Anyone have one? IMG_2196.JPG IMG_2201.JPG IMG_2202.JPG
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  3. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    Yes I have one...


    41mm...Believe it or not, they weren't popular...hence mine is also 1797 ;)

    Apparently, it could buy you a pound of bread (a big loaf). Or quite a lot of beer.
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  4. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    thumbnail_penny-tuppence-hapenny back.jpg [​IMG]

    Here's mine along with a 1797 penny and a ha'pence from a later year since they made no ha'pence for that year. The two pence in copper was only made that year and are also called cartwheels in deference to the size and the thick rim. Mintage was around 720,000. BTW, they weighed 2 Avdp. ounces
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  5. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    If the halfpenny is a ha’pence then really the two pence should be a tuppence o_O (And strictly speaking it’s a ha’penny).
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  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Right ya are guv... :)
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  7. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Here's my only 1797 tuppence. I have a handful of the 1797 pennies, but all
    in pretty rough shape. I still can't resist buying then if I see them cheap, though. Cartwheels O copy.jpg Cartwheels R copy.jpg
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  8. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    Look, it’s Mery Puppins!
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  9. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    I have a graded one as well but prefer this one.

  10. robp

    robp Well-Known Member

    Probably not what you had in mind, but fits the thread title
  11. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Wow, you have a really nice one up there! Great pics you all! :D
  12. Coinsandmedals

    Coinsandmedals Well-Known Member

    I have a few in my collection, but this is my favorite example.

    1797 2 Pence raw Take 1 Obv..JPG 1797 2 Pence Raw Take 1 Rev..JPG
  13. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    This one also fits the title - 1838 Silver tuppence made for use in the colonies. This year and 1848 are often misidentified as Maundy coins but fr these two years they were also circulation coins.
    1838 2D 1-horz.jpg
    I do, of course also have the 1797 Cartwheel - one of my favourite coins as it always generates a good conversation. They survive in good condition muc more often than the penny of the same year, partly because it was a single year issue and so put aside soon after minting, and partly because they were used as weights for many years, being an accurate 2 ounces.
    1797 2D 1-horz.jpg
  14. mrbadexample

    mrbadexample Well-Known Member

    I can add a scarce variety with no stop after REX. A bit rough but I've only ever seen three.

    1797 2d Bramah 11a (3).jpg
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  15. Muzyck

    Muzyck I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a biscuit today.

  16. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Nice comparisons
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  17. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you. The two ounces of the two pence are Av. ounces, so the coin weighs 56.7 g.
  18. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    That is why they carried pouches in the good old ancient days...
  19. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    My example of the 1797 cartwheel Twopence. 41 mm., 56.1 grams. I purchased it from Karl Stephens Inc. in March 1986; it was sold to me as being in EF condition.

    George III Cartwheel Twopence 1797 Obv 1.jpg

    George III 1797 Cartwheel Twopence Rev. 1.jpg
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  20. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter I want another one!
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  21. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    Two pence (moderns)...aging of the Queen...

    1980 (2 New Pence)...


    1991 (2 Pence)...


    2005 (2 Pence)...

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