What is the weight of British coins?
The weight of currently circulating British coinage is as follows:
One pence: 3.56g
Two pence : 7.13g
Five pence : 3.25g
Ten pence : 6.50g
Twenty pence : 5.00g
Fifty pence : 8.00g
One pound : 9.50g
Two pound : 12.00g
Five pound : 28.28g
The unimetallic commemorative British Two Pound coins issued from 1986-1996 are heavier and thicker than the later bimetallic Two Pound coins issued from 1997-present. Unimetallic Two Pound coins 28.4mm in diameter 15.98 grams in weight 3.1mm thick Bimetallic Two Pound coins 28.4mm in diameter 12 grams in weight 2.5mm thick
Pre-20th century mintage figures are not especially accurate since the coins were often minted by weight rather than to a specific quantity. As far as the 1893 British Double Sovereign is concerned, it is thought that approximately 52,000 coins were minted for general circulation. A further 800 were minted as Proof coins.
Prior to 1919/20, all British "silver" coins had 92.50% silver content. From 1919/20 to 1946, all British "silver" coins had 50% silver content. From 1947 onwards, all British "silver" coins had 0% silver content and were made from a copper nickel alloy. Due to the steep rise in the price of silver in 1919/20, the issue of standard .925 silver coins was discontinued and coins of .500 silver were minted. In 1947, silver was needed…