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  1. Here is an email (sent 06/04/2018) I received from the Royal Mint Museum; "Dear Mr AardHawk Please accept my apologies for the delay in response to your most recent email. Having reviewed the Annual Reports for the period in question, there were approximately 6,164,050 ‘Britain’s First Decimal Coins’ sets released by banks and post offices, with the coins for the sets being struck between 1968 and 1970. The reports we have seem to suggest that the 5p and 10p pieces included in these sets were only dated 1968 as this is the year that the coins were introduced into circulation as legal tender. However, there were 888,000 sets issued in 1969 and we can confirm that some of these did contain 5p and 10p pieces dated 1969. Unfortunately, we are not be able to say how many sets as the Annual Reports we have do not separate out the numbers for the sets. Kind regards Fiona Fiona Trumper Public Engagement & Information Officer" My own research shows that there are at least two different minor varieties of 2p, Reverses Aa and Ab.
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    1966 Finger Penny

    Peck, I would imagine it is so. Zkz, It would be nice to see a scan of your coin. Does it have the NE-SW fine parallel lines?
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    1966 Finger Penny

    I came across this in David Sealy's Coin Varieties column in the December 1969 issue of Coins and Medals. It is probably the original report of this "variety". His explanation is as always, comprehensive.
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    1966 Finger Penny

    No. I believe it refers to this; From A.R.Alexander's & A.M.Lisk's excellent series, Variants of the Modern British Penny 1895-1967 published in Coin Monthly between April 1977 and February 1978.
  5. Please could you provide a higher definition image of the 2p, both heads and tails. Also a picture of the front of the pack. Thank you.
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    Olympic 50ps

    Fixed that for you.
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    2p Varieties

    I've a correction to make to the 1971 Aa picture. ie it isnt!!!!!! its an Ab. I've had them sitting on my desk now for the last couple of weeks ready to scan but somehow, never get around to it. Now that the Beast from the East is arriving later today I may do something about it. Stay tuned.
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    The Gazette - New 10p Designs

    Dreadful, just dreadful.
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    2p Varieties

    Left Plumes
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    2p Varieties

    Centre Plumes
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    2p Varieties

    The Plumes on your Two Pence These are MacKenzies and the later 1980 and 84 updates descriptions. (I gave each entry a different colour for ease of reading, because the formatting ran it all together). Rev Usage Plume Description Aa Bfdc set, Curr.71. 1 Has an incuse line above and below the jewels in the crown band. The triangles at the bases of the crosses and lis, just above the crown band, are quite distinctly cut. Issued in speciman sets, incuse lines to the middle of the crown. 2nd upright of N points slightly right of a bead. Ab Curr.71. 1 Does not have any incuse lines, and the triangles are only faintly discernible. Ac Curr.71. 2 Has recut plumes, which do not seem to have been repeated, so far, in other coins. Large triangles on top of crown. Ad Curr.71,75 Proof 71. 3 Again has had the plumes recut, with the central one particularly noticeable. More numerous and straighter lines on left plume with central line directly throught it. Ae Curr.75,76,77,80 Proof 72-75. 4 Similar to reverse D but thicker raised lines on left plume curving more to the left. This was probably the result of using old dies. Once again has had the plumes recut, with the central one is especially recognisable. Left plume has no central line through it and thicker raised lines curving more to the left, also used for some of thr proof two pences. Ag Curr.77,78,79,80,81. 1 Similar to Rev B, but has a scalloped ledge between beads and rim. Similar ro reverse B but with thicker and fewer lines to left plume and curving even more to the left. Second upright of N of NEW points to the right of a bead. Ah Circ 79, 80 and 81 6 Similar to Reverse D but with the left plume being of flatter appearance, and the thin raised lines curving more to the left. The central line running through the plume reappears. Bf Curr.75,76,80 Proof 72-81. 5 Also has recut plumes, and a distict central one. Ci BU set, 82-84 7 This most resembles 1971 reverse B and 1977-80 rever4se G in style regarding left plume. The 1982 date only found in specimen sets issued to the public.
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    This is just a format test

    The Plumes on your Two Pence These are MacKenzies and the later 1980 and 84 updates descriptions. Rev Usage Plume Description Aa Bfdc set, Curr.71. 1 Has an incuse line above and below the jewels in the crown band. The triangles at the bases of the crosses and lis, just above the crown band, are quite distinctly cut. Issued in speciman sets, incuse lines to the middle of the crown. 2nd upright of N points slightly right of a bead. Ab Curr.71. 1 Does not have any incuse lines, and the triangles are only faintly discernible. Ac Curr.71. 2 Has recut plumes, which do not seem to have been repeated, so far, in other coins. Large triangles on top of crown. Ad Curr.71,75 Proof 71. 3 Again has had the plumes recut, with the central one particularly noticeable. More numerous and straighter lines on left plume with central line directly throught it. Ae Curr.75,76,77,80 Proof 72-75. 4 Similar to reverse D but thicker raised lines on left plume curving more to the left. This was probably the result of using old dies. Once again has had the plumes recut, with the central one is especially recognisable. Left plume has no central line through it and thicker raised lines curving more to the left, also used for some of thr proof two pences. Ag Curr.77,78,79,80,81. 1 Similar to Rev B, but has a scalloped ledge between beads and rim. Similar ro reverse B but with thicker and fewer lines to left plume and curving even more to the left. Second upright of N of NEW points to the right of a bead. Ah Circ 79, 80 and 81 6 Similar to Reverse D but with the left plume being of flatter appearance, and the thin raised lines curving more to the left. The central line running through the plume reappears. Bf Curr.75,76,80 Proof 72-81. 5 Also has recut plumes, and a distict central one. Ci BU set, 82-84 7 This most resembles 1971 reverse B and 1977-80 rever4se G in style regarding left plume. The 1982 date only found in specimen sets issued to the public.
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    1p varieties

    bxh7, good spot. Pictures dont lie. I have just gone back through my '84 and '85 scans (of 30-40 coins), and though I think I can see one or two slight differences. I certainly haven't found your '85 small bb which is the stand out coin.. I'm not much good with these beads! I think the vast majority of both of my dates are large bb, with the odd smaller one. Some coins seem to have have a dozen large beads then a few smaller ones! I've just got my eye into 2p plume varieties. Maybe that is effecting my judgement Looking forward to seeing your results.
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    2p Varieties

    Peck, I think that I introduced a misunderstanding! Mackenzie was referring to proofs for 1973, 74 and 75 (all of which were actually struck in 1976) so as you say. they just used up reverse dies left over from the 71 proofs (actually produced in early 73).
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