What Are the Elizabeth II Coins?
Elizabeth II coins are coins carrying the head of Queen Elizabeth II on them. All British coins and the majority of the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth carry the head of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side of the coin.
Although the British government has issued many coins with the head of Queen Elizabeth II on them, the most commonly referred to Queen Elizabeth II coin is the pence. Other coins bearing the Queen include the pound and the sixpence. Australia, Canada, Scotland and Ireland have also had coins with the head of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II coins are not rare. These are fairly common coins that can still be used as legal tender in the United Kingdom, despite the use of the Euro. Since the year 1985, they have not appreciated much in value and can generally be redeemed at face value.
The original coins with the head of Queen Elizabeth II carried a likeness of her as she looked in 1953. As she began to age, the head of the coin changed. The likeness now reflects a queen who, as of September, 2014, has been on the throne for over 62 years. As of 1992, Hong Kong no longer uses Queen Elizabeth II head on coins, but there are still many of these coins in circulation, and they continue to be legal tender.