||Smaller version - June 1990
(Larger version introduced 1968, demonetised 1990)
|Specifications (Since 1990)
||Nickel-plated steel (since January 2012)
Cupro-nickel (prior to January 2012)
(75% copper, 25% nickel)
||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1990-1997 - Raphael Maklouf
1998 to date - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
|1968-2008 - Christopher Ironside
2008 - Matthew Dent
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.