First Issued Smaller version - June 1990
(Larger version introduced 1968, demonetised 1990)
Specifications (Since 1990)
Diameter 18.0mm
Weight 3.25g
Thickness 1.7mm
Composition Nickel-plated steel (since January 2012)

Cupro-nickel (prior to January 2012)
(75% copper, 25% nickel)
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1990-1997 - Raphael Maklouf
1998 to date - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse
Designers
1968-2008 - Christopher Ironside
2008 - Matthew Dent
Edge Milled

Background Information

With the introduction of the decimal coinage in 1971 the pre-decimal one shilling coin was re-denominated as a 5p coin and these old shilling coins continued to circulate alongside the 5p coin until 1990.

After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1987, the Government announced its intention to issue a smaller 5p coin.

The 5p coin is legal tender for amounts up to £5.