Part 10: Decimal Coinage



The Current Decimal Coinage


The current decimal coinage

     The first major change in Jersey's coinage designs in 140 years took place in 1983 when the Seal of the Bailiwick, which had previously been shown on a common reverse for all denominations, was replaced by individual representations of landmarks of Jersey history.  The different designs help to distinguish the different values of the coins. 

     For an article by Ian Monins about the reverse designs of the current circulating coinage please click here.


Half New Penny

Half New Penny


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1971     29     3,000,000     17.14        
        1980              200,000                 



Half Penny

Half Penny


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1981     45        50,000     17.14       
Things to note about this series:


One New Penny

One New Penny


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1971     30     4,500,000     20.32       
        1980            3,000,000                 



One Penny

One Penny


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1981     46        50,000     20.32       


One Penny
Le Hocq Watch Tower, St. Clement

One Penny
Le Hocq Watch Tower, St. Clement


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1983     54.1      50,000     20.32       
        1984            1,000,000
        1985            1,000,000      
        1986            2,000,000 
        1987            1,500,000 
        1988            1,000,000 
        1989            1,500,000 
        1990
        1994     54.2                           
        1997              320,000  
Things to note about this series:


One Penny
Mature Bust -- Le Hocq Watch Tower, St. Clement

One Penny
Mature Bust -- Le Hocq Watch Tower, St. Clement


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1998    103     6,350,000     20.32
        2000            1,500,000
        2001            1,500,000
        2002            1,520,000
        2003            1,575,000             
        2005            1,030,000
        2006            1,630,000                  
        2008            4,800,000                  
        2012            3,000,000               
  
Things to note about this series:


Two New Pence

Two New Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1971     31     2,225,000     25.91        
        1975            3,250,000     
        1980            2,000,000                  



Two Pence

Two Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1981     47        50,000     25.91       


Two Pence
L'Hermitage, St. Helier

Two Pence
L'Hermitage, St. Helier


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1983     55.1     800,000     25.91        
        1984              750,000
        1985              250,000
        1986            1,000,000
        1987            2,000,000
        1988              750,000
        1989            1,000,000
        1990            2,600,000
        1992            2,250,000
        1997     55.2       5,500         
St. Helier was reputed to have come to Jersey and settled himself upon the small islet where the Hermitage Chapel now stands.

Things to note about this series:


Two Pence
Mature Bust -- L'Hermitage, St. Helier

Two Pence
Mature Bust -- L'Hermitage, St. Helier


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1998    104     3,750,000     25.91      
        2002            1,259,000
        2003               10,000
        2005              400,000
        2006            1,200,000                  
        2008            2,467,000                  
        2012              720,000                


Things to note about this series:


Five New Pence

Five New Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1968     32     3,600,000     23.59       
        1980              800,000                 



Five Pence

Five Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1981     48        50,000     23.59       


Five Pence
Seymour Tower, Grouville, L'Avathison

Five Pence
Seymour Tower, Grouville, L'Avathison


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1983     56.1     400,000     23.59         
        1984              300,000
        1985              600,000
        1986              200,000
        1987                                 
        1988              400,000
Things to note about this series:


Five Pence
Reduced Size -- Seymour Tower, Grouville, L'Avathison

Five Pence
Reduced Size -- Seymour Tower, Grouville, L'Avathison


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1990     56.2   4,000,000     18.00      
        1991
        1992
        1993                                      
        1997                5,500                
Things to note about this series:


Five Pence
Mature Bust -- Seymour Tower, Grouville, L'Avathison

Five Pence
Mature Bust -- Seymour Tower, Grouville, L'Avathison


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1998    105     3,200,000     18.00      (1,200,000 struck in 2000)
        2002            1,218,000
        2003            1,005,000                    
        2006            1,200,000                    
        2008            4,096,000                    
        2012            1,034,000                
Things to note about this series:


Ten New Pence

Ten New Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1968     33      1,500,000     28.50       
        1975             1,022,000
        1980             1,000,000                 



Ten Pence

Ten Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1981     49        50,000     28.50       


Ten Pence
Faldouet Dolmen

Ten Pence
Faldouet Dolmen


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1983     57.1      30,000     28.50       
        1984              100,000
        1985              100,000
        1986              400,000
        1987              800,000
        1988              650,000
        1989              700,000
        1990              850,000
      Faldouet dolmen or La Pouquelaye de Faldouet dates back to about 2500BC.  It is a Neolithic dolmen and has been so changed by would-be archaeological diggers and restorers over the centuries, which it is impossible to say for sure how it looked originally.  A passage of 17 stones leads to a roughly circular chamber surrounded by the remains of side-cells and beyond that is a horseshoe chamber of seven uprights covered by a huge capstone weighing about 24 tons.  The term 'Pouquelaye' needs explaining.  Pouquelaye or pouclee means fairystone.  Long after the menhir and dolmens on the island had ceased to be the ritual centers for prehistoric man, many of the stones were still venerated for their huge size and continued to have a role to play in the supernatural beliefs of the islanders.  As the original purpose of these stones had long been forgotten, their presence was explained by later generations as a result of fairy magic.  The stones were thought to have been borne through the air by fairies - carried in their magic aprons! 

Things to note about this series:


Ten Pence
Reduced Size -- Faldouet Dolmen

Ten Pence
Reduced Size -- Faldouet Dolmen


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1992     57.2               24.50    
        1997                5,500               
Things to note about this series:



Ten Pence
Mature Bust -- Faldouet Dolmen

Ten Pence
Mature Bust -- Faldouet Dolmen


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        2002    106       516,000     24.50
        2003               10,000                 
        2006              420,000                 
        2007              630,000                 
        2010              640,000
        2012              370,000              
Things to note about this series:


Twenty Pence
100th Anniversary of Lighthouse at Corbiere

Twenty Pence
100th Anniversary of Lighthouse at Corbiere


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1982     53       200,000      21.40       


     At the far southwest tip of Jersey is Corbiere Lighthouse, which was the first concrete lighthouse to be built in the British Isles, and warns approaching ships of the dangerous rocks in the area.

Things to note about this series:


Twenty Pence
Lighthouse at Corbiere

Twenty Pence
Lighthouse at Corbiere


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1983     66       400,000     21.40       
        1984              250,000
        1986              100,000
        1987              100,000
        1989              100,000
        1990              150,000
        1992
        1994
        1996
        1997              600,000


Twenty Pence
Mature Bust -- Lighthouse at Corbiere

Twenty Pence
Mature Bust -- Lighthouse at Corbiere


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1998    107       900,000     21.40       
        2002              977,500                 
        2003               10,000 
        2005              500,000
        2006              500,000                   
        2007              780,000                   
        2009            1,500,000                   
        2012            1,298,750                 
Things to note about this series:




Twenty Five Pence
Queen's Silver Jubilee

Twenty Five Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1977     44       255,510     38.61       
     The reverse design by Bernard Sindall is the Royal and Ancient castle of Mont Orgueil, which stands above Gorey Harbour and was for centuries the residence of the Lords, Keepers and Governors of Jersey.  Its name, meaning Mount Pride, was given to it by Thomas, Duke of Clarence, brother of Henry V, who was impressed by its unique position and great strength. 

     In 1966, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, transferred ownership of Mont Orgueil Castle (and Elizabeth Castle) from the Crown to the people of Jersey on condition that the castles were to be maintained as historic monuments although they had already been in the care of the Island since 1923.  On 6th July 1996, the Lieutenant Governor - The Queen's representative in the Island - presented the keys of both castles to the Bailiff.  In accordance with the specified condition, Mont Orgueil has since undergone extensive restoration work to help ensure its historic past is not forgotten. 


Fifty New Pence

Fifty New Pence


        YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
        1969     34       480,000     30.00       
        1980              100,000                 
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Fifty Pence

Fifty Pence


       YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
       1981     50        50,000     30.00       


Fifty Pence
Grosnez Castle

Fifty Pence
Grosnez Castle


       YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
       1983     58.1      50,000     30.00       
       1984               50,000                 
       1986               30,000
       1987              150,000
       1988              130,000                 
       1989              180,000
       1990              370,000                 
       1992
       1994
       1996
       1997               5,500                                   
Things to note about this series:


Fifty Pence
40th Anniversary of Liberation

Fifty Pence
40th Anniversary of Liberation


       YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
       1985     63     1,000,000     30.00       



Fifty Pence
Reduced Size -- Grosnez Castle

Fifty Pence

Reduced Size -- Grosnez Castle


       YEAR     KM       mintage    diameter
       1997     58.2   1,500,000     27.30       


Fifty Pence
Mature Bust -- Grosnez Castle

Fifty Pence
Mature Bust -- Grosnez Castle


       YEAR     KM       mintage   diameter
       1998    108     2,000,000    27.30       
       2003               10,000                
       2005              200,000
       2006              300,000                
       2009              480,000                
       2012              365,000             
Things to note about this series:


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