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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of St. Helena-Ascension
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2020, 05:58:12 PM »


Obverse of the St Helena-Ascension circulation 2 pound coin of 2002.



Although the UK first issued a circulating bimetallic two pound coin dated 1997, St Helena-Ascension did not issue a two pound coin until 2002.

However, it was made of nickel-brass and was not bimetallic. It weighed 11.8 g and had a diameter of 28.3 mm.

This coin had an edge inscription that read: "500TH ANNIVERSARY".
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of St. Helena-Ascension
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2020, 05:58:45 PM »



The reverse of the circulation 2 pound coin of 2002 featured St. Helena's coat of arms.
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« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2020, 06:13:14 PM »


The obverse of the St Helena-Ascension bimetallic circulation 2 pound coin of 2003.



St Helena-Ascension's nickel-brass circulation 2 pound coin of 2003 had been a one-year issue only.


The UK had issued collector 2 pound coins in nickel-brass irregularly from 1986 to 1996.

However, the UK's circulation 2 pound coins have always been bimetallic.


In 2003 St Helena-Ascension issued its first bimetallic 2 pound circulation coin.

The coin had a copper-nickel center within a nickel brass ring.

It weighed 12 g and had a diameter of 28.4 mm and a thickness of 2.5 mm.
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« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2020, 06:16:53 PM »


The reverse of the St Helena-Ascension bimetallic circulation 2 pound coin of 2003.



The reverse design still showed St. Helena's coat of arms, but there was now some extra foliage around the edge of the design.

This coin was issued through to 2006. Probably it will be minted in later years, when there is a need.

 
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Re: Milestones in the decimal coinage of St. Helena-Ascension
« Reply #34 on: June 03, 2020, 06:18:15 PM »




In 1997, the UK had reduced the size and weight of its circulation 50 pence coin.

St Helena-Ascension did not issue its own 50p coin of matching specification until 2003.

Above you see an image of the old and new 50p coins of St Helena-Ascension side by side.
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« Reply #35 on: June 03, 2020, 06:19:28 PM »
In the UK, the older larger 5, 10 and 50 pence coins were relatively quickly withdrawn and were no longer legal tender.

However, in St. Helena and Ascension, the older larger coins were left in circulation, and they co-circulated alongside the newer coins.

According to Saint Helena Island Info: “There are no slot machines or coin-counting machines on St Helena so the varying sizes do not cause any problems.”
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