20 Pence 1986-2000

20 Pence 1986-2000

The 20 Pence coin was a third largest denomination in the Decimal 1969-2001-coin series of Ireland. This 20 Pence coin was produced between the years 1986 -2000 at the Currency Centre Dublin mint. In total 208,919,750 of these coins were produced.

There are a small number of 1985 20 Pence coins also If you are looking for values or information on 1985 20 Pence Coin you can find it here.

Coin collecting can be full of unusual terms and phrases. If you are unsure what any of the terms on this page mean, check out our 180 Best Coin Collecting Terms Explained post. Here we explain every term in an easy to understand way.

If you want to understand how coin grading works and how to for instance find out the value of your Irish 10 pence coin, our Awesome Guide to Coin Grading In 3 Simple Steps article will help here. 


Identifying Features

The global standard for identifying coins is the KM Code. This 20 Pence coin is referred to by the KM code KM# 25. The KM code is a unique reference number assigned to each coin.
Below are some other Identifying features, like which Mint the 20 Pence coin was made at as well as some other factors.

Denomination: 20 Pence
KM Code: KM# 25
Coin Series: Decimal 1969-2001
Years Produced: 1986 – 2000
Known Mintage: 208,919,750
Distribution: Standard Circulation
Mint: Currency Centre Dublin

Design Features

The design was originally created by Percy Metcalfe and was used for the Half Crown Coin. Both the Irish Free State Coin Series and the Half Crown Coin in the Pre Decimal Coin Series used this design. See below an example of each of these types of Half Crown Coins.

ireland coins half crown coin examples

Themes: Horses, Mammals, Musical Instruments
Designer: Percy Metcalfe
Obverse Description: Irish harp
Reverse Description: Horse

Half Crown 1928-1937
Half Crown 1951-1967
Mule Half Crown 1961
20 PENCE 1985

Mechanical Features

The Mechanical features of a coin are things like the size, weight, thickness and diameter for example. Looking at the mechanical features of a coin is the easiest way to tell if a coin is real or fake.

Quite often a fake will not match the mechanical features of the original coin when faked. Checking these features should be the first thing you do if you have your suspicions about a coin. Coins are produced very precisely to match the predetermined mechanical features.

Weight: 8.4700g
Diameter: 27.1mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Rim: Raised. Not decorated. Both sides
Shape: Circular
Edge: Segmented reeding

Value Table

Below the 20 Pence values are shown on a grading scale, the higher on the scale the better condition the coin is in and therefore the more valuable. Check out our Awesome Guide to Coin Grading In 3 Simple Steps article to learn more about coin grading.

When it comes to coin values condition is everything, the better condition or grade the coin is in the more valuable it becomes. Apart from condition or grade, the scarcity of a coin is also hugely important. You may have seen a story about the 1985 20 Pence coin being worth a fortune, 1985 is worth a fortune because only a handful was ever made meaning it is a very rare coin.

Year & VersionMintageAG3G4VG8F12VF20XF40AU50MS60MS63Proof
1986 Proof6,750----------

This purpose of this website is to educate and entertain. All values shown are a guideline only and should not be used for any means of financial investment or speculation, as with all things values may fluctuate depending on demand and scarcity, we strongly advise that all information on this website is used as it was intended – for entertainment purposes. The information relating to coins is sourced from many places such as NGC, PCGS and The Irish Central Bank.

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