Years of issue:
1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
The United Kingdom 2p coin was introduced into general circulation on the 15 February 1971 when the United Kingdom adopted a new decimal currency system.
Designed by Christopher Ironside, the coin features the badge of the Prince of Wales with his motto ‘Ich Dien’ (I serve).
To avoid confusion between the old and new coinage, the 2p had the word 'NEW' incorporated into the reverse design. This was later removed in 1982.
The 2p coin is legal tender for amounts up to 20p.