HC Deb 13 December 1983 vol 50 cc396-7W
Mr. Robert Banks

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is satisfied that the design and size of the 20 pence piece is acceptable to the public.

Mr. Moore

Yes, the seven-sided shape—equilateral curve heptagon—wide raised rim and plain edge of the 20p coin are features designed to distinguish it from other coins both by sight and by touch. Public reaction to the coin has been favourable with some 827 million issued to meet demand.