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What is a two-pence coin made out of?

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According to the Royal Mint, the British 2-pence coin is currently made from copper-plated steel. When it was originally introduced in 1971, the composition was 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin.

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The rising cost of metals forced the mint to change the composition to a more affordable mixture in September of 1992. In 1997, coins of both types were minted. The 2-pence coin was created in February of 1971 alongside the penny and halfpenny coin as part of a new system of decimal currency in the U.K. The coin has a diameter of 25.9 mm and a weight of 7.12 grams.

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