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#1 genius

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 02:44 PM

Hi people, sorry i am new to this forum.

Anyway, i just came across the coin, dated - 1998. Identical shape in comparison with a 10 pence. However it states "5 pence"
I was just wondering whether this is some sort of rare coin, or even potentially it being worth anything?

I have added a few pictures below. Sorry for the poor quality.

Thank you so much for your time.

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#2 genius

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 03:07 PM

Hi people, sorry i am new to this forum.

Anyway, i just came across the coin, dated - 1998. Identical shape in comparison with a 10 pence. However it states "5 pence"
I was just wondering whether this is some sort of rare coin, or even potentially it being worth anything?

I have added a few pictures below. Sorry for the poor quality.

Thank you so much for your time.


Sorry... Let me add. Its the same size as a 10 pence coin. Big compared to a 5 pence.

#3 TomGoodheart

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 04:04 PM

Mmm ... I'm afraid the photos don't do your coin justice. Could you try again to get a sharper image?

And .. just checking .. it does say 1998, not 1989 (or 1990), yes? And when you say 'big', that means 24.5mm? Thanks!

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 10:28 PM

I'm afraid your coin isn't 1998. The portrait of the Queen would be the current portrait if it was. What yours shows is the portrait used between 1985 and 1997. Up to 1990, 5 pence pieces were the size of the current 10 pence piece, but were then reduced in size. Two years later, the 10 pences were reduced to their current size.

What you probably have is an old 5 pence piece, probably dated 1988 or 1989, which should be evident if you check with a magnifying glass.

Hope that helps.