Circulating mintage: 1,500,000,000
Years of issue:
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989
In April 1968, 5p coins were issued as a replacement for shillings in preparation for decimalisation in 1971. These were released into circulation at the same time as the very first 10p coins. The reverse, by Christopher Ironside, shows The Badge of Scotland and a thistle royally crowned.The obverse features the second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Arnold Machin from 1968 to 1986. Raphael Maklouf's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II features on coins from 1987.