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Acknowledgements

The following information has been sourced from the Royal Mint website and http://www.coins-of-the-uk.co.uk and http://www.ukcoinpics.co.uk/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_One_Pound

50 Pence commemorative coins
1 commemorative coins
Crown commemorative coins

Special issue 2 coins.

Introduction

A two pound coin in the same nickel brass alloy as the pound coin (thought to be 70% copper, 24½% zinc and 5½% nickel) was first introduced in 1986 as a commemorative coin, although it was legal tender and was accepted by shops. However, quantities were never in sufficient numbers for general circulation to take place.

In 1997 a new design, a bimetallic coin of the same diameter but thinner, was to be introduced for general circulation, but the issue was postponed to June 1998 because of technical problems regarding the acceptance of the coins by vending machines. Coins dated both 1997 and 1998 were then placed into circulation.

Edge Inscriptions

All bimetallic two pound coins, and some of the pre-1987 commemorative two pound coins, have an edge inscription as a security measure.

As the edge inscriptions are stamped on the edge of blank coins before striking, they can (and do) appear either way up in theoretically equal quantities.

 

Single Metal Commemorative Issues, 1986 - 1996

In 1986 a nickel-brass two pound coin was issued to commemorate the 13th Commonwealth Games held in Scotland that year.

During the succeeding years a total of six further commemorative two pound coins were issued.

The coin weighs 15.98 grams and has a diameter of 28.40 mm. This is exactly the same specification as the gold two pound coin, and indeed in some years the same design has been struck as the year's gold issue. The edge of all issues is milled, although some have an additional edge inscription.

The first six issues have the same obverse:

Second Portrait, inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D starting low left, TWO POUNDS below.


New Bi-metallic Two Pounds

In 1997 a new design was produced for circulation. It was the first bi-metallic coin issued in the UK since the tin farthings with a copper plug in 1692. Due to technical difficulties the new coins were not released by banks until the middle of 1998.

The coin is 12.00 grams in weight, and 28.40 mm diameter, thus maintaining the same diameter as, but weighing less than, the former type. It has a cupro-nickel inner disc and a nickel-brass outer ring, the composition for which is 76% Cu, 20% Zn and 4% Ni.

Proof versions in silver and gold are known. The former has gold layering for the outer ring.

 

Country
Year of issue
MM
Description
Mintage
Quality
Packing
Reverse
£2
1986
-
Single Metal Type 1 - Commonwealth Games - XIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES JULY 1986 XIII

Cross of St Andrew, crown of laurel leaves and Scottish Thistle designed by Norman Sillman

Edge Inscription:- XIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES JULY 1986

???
£2
1989
-

Single Metal Type 2 - Bill of Rights - issued in England

Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights - Cypher of 'W&M' (King William and Queen Mary) interlaced surmounting a horizontal Parliamentary Mace and representation of the Royal Crown above and the dates 1689 and 1989 below, all within the inscription 'Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights' or 'Tercentenary of Claim of Right' (latter Scotland only) designed by John Lobban

Edge Inscription:- Milled

???
£2
1989
-

Single Metal Type 3 - Claim of Right - issued in Scotland

Tercentenary of the Claim of Right - Cypher of 'W&M' (King William and Queen Mary) interlaced surmounting a horizontal Parliamentary Mace and representation of the Royal Crown above and the dates 1689 and 1989 below, all within the inscription 'Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights' or 'Tercentenary of Claim of Right' (latter Scotland only) designed by John Lobban

Edge Inscription:- Milled

???
£2
1994
-
Single Metal Type 4 - Tercentenary of the Bank of England

The Bank's Corporate Seal including the Crown and Cypher of King William and Queen Mary and the dates 1694 - 1994 designed by Leslie Durbin

Edge Inscription:- SIC VOS NON VOBIS (thus you labour but not for yourselves)

???
£2
1995
-
Single Metal Type 5 - 50th Anniversary of the end of The Second World War

A stylised representation of a Dove as the symbol of peace designed by John Mills

Edge Inscription:- 1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995

???
£2
1995
-
Single Metal Type 6 - 50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations

50th anniversary symbol of United Nations and a fanning pattern of flags with the inscription NATIONS UNITED FOR PEACE above and the dates '1945-1995' below designed by Michael Rizzello

Edge Inscription:- Milled

???
£2
1996
-
Single Metal Type 7 - 10th European Football Championship

A stylised representation of a football, with the date of 1996 centrally placed and encircled by sixteen small rings designed by John Mills

Edge Inscription:- 10th European Football Championship

???
-
-
-
New Bi-metallic Two Pounds

In 1997 a new design was produced for circulation. It was the first bi-metallic coin issued in the UK since the tin farthings with a copper plug in 1692. Due to technical difficulties the new coins were not released by banks until the middle of 1998.

The coin is 12.00 grams in weight, and 28.40 mm diameter, thus maintaining the same diameter as, but weighing less than, the former type. It has a cupro-nickel inner disc and a nickel-brass outer ring, the composition for which is 76% Cu, 20% Zn and 4% Ni.

Proof versions in silver and gold are known. The former has gold layering for the outer ring.

-
-
£2
1997
-

Bi-metallic Type 1 - History of Technological Achievement

Obverse: Second Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Symbolic representation of technological development from the Iron Age, through the Industrial Revolution and the Electronic Age to the Internet. TWO POUNDS above, 1997 below.

Designed by Bruce Rushin.

Edge: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Issued in 1997 in sets, and now freely available in circulation. They were not formally issued for circulation until June 1998. The delay was because of production difficulties which resulted in rejection by coin-operated machines as the metallic bonding between the two metals was not as consistent as expected. The design on the reverse of the 2 coin traces the story of technological development with four concentric circles representing from inner to outer, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution, the Computer Age and the Internet. The edge inscription complements this theme, being taken from a letter written in 1676 by Sir Isaac Newton to his fellow-scientist Robert Hooke, acknowledging the debt he owed to other scientists: 'if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants'. This quotation, stressing that today's achievements would not be possible without the discoveries of the past, was felt to sum up the spirit of the reverse design. Since Sir Isaac Newton was himself Master of the Royal Mint, from 1699 to 1727, the choice of the quotation seemed particularly appropriate.

-
£2
1998 - at least 2008
-

Bi-metallic Type 2 - History of Technological Achievement

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Symbolic representation of technological development from the Iron Age, through the Industrial Revolution and the Electronic Age to the Internet. TWO POUNDS above, {date} below.

Edge: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

First issued for circulation in June 1998. Proof and uncirculated copies were previously available in Mint sets. 1999 versions are in circulation, but were not available in the proof or uncirculated sets, which contained the Rugby version. All years from 1998 to 2008 can be found in circulation. The 2009 versions are at present only available in the Royal Mint proof and uncirculated sets.

-
-
£2
1999
-

Bi-metallic Type 3 - Rugby World Cup

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Symbolic representation of a stadium with rugby ball and goalposts. 1999 above, TWO POUNDS below. Designed by Ron Dutton.

Edge: RUGBY WORLD CUP 1999

Issued in 1999. Proof and uncirculated copies are available in Mint sets. About 4.9 million have been put into circulation.

4,933,000

£2
2001
-

Bi-metallic Type 4 - 100th Anniversary of Marconi's 1st Wireless Transmission across the Atlantic

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Symbolic representation of Marconi's successful transatlantic wireless transmission of 1901, TWO POUNDS below.

Designed by Robert Evans.

Edge: WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC...MARCONI 1901...

4,558,000

£2
2002
-

Bi-metallic Type 5 - XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester - England

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2002 around athlete holding a banner, £2 in front and national flag of England behind.

Edge: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP MANCHESTER 2002

These four designs are rarely seen in circulation, although uncirculated examples are readily found in Royal Mint sets, as usual. However, they were not present in the normal 2002 Brilliant Uncirculated set, being issued in a separate folder.

650,500
£2
2002
-

Bi-metallic Type 6 - XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester - Scotland

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2002 around athlete holding a banner, £2 in front and national flag of Scotland behind.

Edge: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP MANCHESTER 2002

These four designs are rarely seen in circulation, although uncirculated examples are readily found in Royal Mint sets, as usual. However, they were not present in the normal 2002 Brilliant Uncirculated set, being issued in a separate folder.

771,750

£2
2002
-

Bi-metallic Type 7 - XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester - Wales

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2002 around athlete holding a banner, £2 in front and national flag of Wales behind.

Edge: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP MANCHESTER 2002

These four designs are rarely seen in circulation, although uncirculated examples are readily found in Royal Mint sets, as usual. However, they were not present in the normal 2002 Brilliant Uncirculated set, being issued in a separate folder.

588,500
£2
2002
-
Bi-metallic Type 8 - XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester - Northern Ireland

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2002 around athlete holding a banner, £2 in front and national flag of Northern Ireland behind.

Edge: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP MANCHESTER 2002

These four designs are rarely seen in circulation, although uncirculated examples are readily found in Royal Mint sets, as usual. However, they were not present in the normal 2002 Brilliant Uncirculated set, being issued in a separate folder.

485,500

£2
2003
-

Bi-metallic Type 9 - DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Representation of the DNA Double Helix, DNA DOUBLE HELIX above, 1953 TWO POUNDS 2003 below.

Designed by John Mills.

Edge: DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID

4,299,000

£2
2004
-

Bi-metallic Type 10 - Trevithick commemoration - 200th Anniversary of the first steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Representation of the first railway locomotive, ring of early rail around, TWO POUNDS above, R.TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004 around.

Designed by Robert Lowe.

Edge: Pattern of arcs and lines representing railway viaducts (but unofficially I think it looks more like the fish-bellied rails used for the track at that time).

5,004,500

£2
2005
-

Bi-metallic Type 11 - 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Maces, croziers and swords in 'Catherine Wheel' arrangement, stars representing fireworks around, 1605 2005 above, TWO POUNDS below.

Designed by Peter Forster.

Edge: REMEMBER REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER

At least one copy is known with an edge inscribed STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS in error.


5,140,500
£2
2005
-

Bi-metallic Type 12 - WW2 Commemoration

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: St.Pauls Cathedral with searchlight beams, two in a distinctive V formation TWO POUNDS above, 1945-2005 below, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the end of WW2.

Edge: IN VICTORY MAGNANIMITY IN PEACE GOODWILL.

 

10,191,000

£2
2006
-

Bi-metallic Type 13 - A portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: A portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Royal Albert Bridge, chains around. TWO POUNDS above, 2006 below, commemorating the life of Brunel.

Designed by Rod Kelly.

Edge: 1806-59 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL ENGINEER.


7,928,250
£2
2006
-

Bi-metallic Type 14 - Arches of Paddington Station

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Arches of Paddington Station, BRUNEL below. TWO POUNDS below, 2006 to top left, commemorating the achievements of Brunel. Designed by Robert Evans.

Edge: SO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE.

 

7,452,250
£2
2007
-

Bi-metallic Type 15 - Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF above, TWO POUNDS below, in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: Broken chain and date 1807, the 0 of which is the broken link of the chain, AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE around, 2007 below, commemorating the end of the slave trade. Designed by David Gentleman.

Edge: AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER

n.b. there is a subtle difference between coins issued in sets (proof and uncirculated) and those issued for circulation. In the former the designers initials are visible to the right of the 7, and the field is relatively smooth. In the latter the field is rough and the initials are absent.


8,445,000
£2
2007
-

Bi-metallic Type 16 - Tercentenary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing interlocking pattern of portcullis and national symbols, 1707 TWO 2007 POUNDS around, commemorating the Act of Union. Designed by Yvonne Holton.

Edge: UNITED INTO ONE KINGDOM


7,545,000
£2
2008
-

Bi-metallic Type 17 - The Centenary of the London Olympic Games of 1908

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF starting low left in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing racetrack labelled 1908 TWO POUNDS 2008, LONDON OLYMPIC CENTENARY around, commemorating the Centenary of the 1908 Olympic Games held in London. Designed by Thomas T. Docherty.

Edge: THE 4th OLYMPIAD LONDON p

910,000

£2
2008
-
Bi-metallic Type 18 - Olympic Handover Ceremony

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF above, TWO POUNDS below, in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing hands exchanging Olympic Flag, BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012 around, commemorating the 2008 Olympic Games handover. Designed by The Royal Mint Engraving Team.

Edge: I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

853,000

£2
2009
-
Bi-metallic Type 19 - 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing Charles Darwin facing a chimpanzee, 1809 DARWIN 2009 above, TWO POUNDS below, commemorating the Bicentenary of the Birth of Charles Darwin. Designed by Suzie Zamit.

Edge: ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1859

To be issued in 2009. At present only available in Royal Mint sets.

???
£2
2009
-
Bi-metallic Type 20 - 200th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF, 2009 below, in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing handwritten 'We'll take a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne', 1759 ROBERT BURNS 1796 above, TWO POUNDS below, commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Burns. Designed by The Royal Mint Engraving Team.

Edge: SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT

To be issued in 2009. At present only available in Royal Mint sets.

???
£2
2010
-
Bi-metallic Type 21 - 100th Anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF above, 2010 below, in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing the hands of a nurse taking the pulse of a patient, 1820 FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE - 1910 above, TWO POUNDS below, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Florence Nightingale's book 'Notes on Nursing'. Designed by Gordon Summers

Edge: 150 YEARS OF NURSING

To be issued in 2010. At present only available in Royal Mint sets.

???
£2
2011
-
Bi-metallic Type 22 - Mary Rose Ship

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF above, 2011 below, in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing the Mary Rose ship, THE MARY ROSE above, TWO POUNDS below, commemorating the first ship to carry cannons able to fire a broadside from watertight gun ports and embarked on her maiden voyage 500 years ago, in 1511. Designed by John Bergdahl FRBS

Edge: YOUR NOBLEST SHIPPE 1511

To be issued in 2011?. At present only available in Royal Mint sets.

???
£2
2011
-
Bi-metallic Type 23 - King James Bible

Obverse: Third Portrait in cupronickel centre, with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG FID DEF above, 2011 below, in the nickel-brass ring.

Reverse: design showing the inscription IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, KING JAMES BIBLE above and 1611-2011 below, commemorating the four hundredth aniversary of its first publication. Designed by Paul Stafford & Ben Wright

Edge: UNKNOWN

To be issued in 2011?. At present only available in Royal Mint sets.

???
£2
2012
-
Charles Dickens £2 - Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Britain’s best-loved author Charles Dickens
Taken from Dickens’ own favourite story, David Copperfield, the words chosen for the edge inscription are those of the lovable and always hopeful Mr Micawber: SOMETHING WILL TURN UP. The obverse features the familiar portrait of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.

-
-
£2
2012
-
Silver Britannia £2 coin -The reverse of the 2012 coin features Philip Nathan’s breathtaking portrait of Britannia framed in the crenellated border peculiar to Britannia coins
???
£2
2012
-

London 2012 Handover to Rio £2 - To mark the closing of the 2012 Games London handed over the mantle to next host: Rio de Janeiro. As the final coin in the London 2012 collection, The Royal Mint struck this £2 coin to commemorate the Handover to Rio, featuring an evocative design by Jonathan Olliffe. These coins certainly make a striking and befitting end to the London 2012 celebrations.

Alloy - Inner: Cupro-nickel - Outer:Nickel-brass

Weight - 12.00g

Diameter - 28.40mm

Reverse Designer -Jonathan Olliffe

Obverse Designer - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Edge Inscription - I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

???
£2
2013
-

150th Anniversary of the London Underground - The Train

On 10 January 1863 the world’s first underground railway opened in London. An engineering triumph, the 150th anniversary is being marked with not one but two new UK £2 coins for 2013.

The ‘Train’ £2 coin shows a Tube train hurtling out of a tunnel.

Reverse Designer: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Obverse Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription: Linear representation of the Tube map

 

???
£2
2013
-

150th Anniversary of the London Underground - The Roundel

On 10 January 1863 the world’s first underground railway opened in London. An engineering triumph, the 150th anniversary is being marked with not one but two new UK £2 coins for 2013.

The ‘Roundel’ £2 coin is inspired by the 1938 poster by Man Ray and depicts the world-famous London Underground logo.

 

Reverse Designer: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Obverse Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription: Linear representation of the Tube map

???
£2
2013
 

350th Anniversary of the Guinea

The heraldic shield used on the spade guinea of George III

200 years have passed since the guinea was last struck, but the romance of the coin endures. Steeped in mystique, from its fabled one pound and one shilling value to its association with the gentleman, gentility and good taste, the guinea was the principal gold coin of Britain for centuries. Now, for the first time ever, we celebrate one coin with another – in a commemorative £2 coin that proudly bears the iconic ‘Spade Guinea’ design of 1787 to mark the 350th anniversary of the guinea’s first striking.

Edge – WHAT IS A GUINEA? ‘TIS A SPLENDID THING


Designed by Anthony Smith

 
£2
2014
-

100th Anniversary of the First World War - THE LAMPS ARE GOING OUT ALL OVER EUROPE

In 2014 Britain will remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The Royal Mint, maker of medals for military campaigns since 1815 including those for the ‘Great War’, embarks on a five-year commemoration of the emotive wartime journey from outbreak to armistice, starting with a £2 coin bearing sculptor John Bergdahl’s powerful likeness of the instantly recognisable call to arms by Lord Kitchener.


Designed by - John Bergdahl

???
£2
2014
-

500th Anniversary of Trinity House - SERVING THE MARINER

The lighthouses and pilot ships of Trinity House have safeguarded the coastal waters of Britain for over 500 years since being granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514. Iconic to the public, and essential to the mariner, they are an integral part of the United Kingdom’s identity and economy. The safe passage of seafarers is as important as ever today, with around 95% of the UK’s imported goods arriving by sea, and nearly 1 million amateur sailors taking to the water each year. The Royal Mint’s Trinity House £2 coin, designed by Joe Whitlock-Blundell and David Eccles, captures the spirit of Trinity House with an image of a lighthouse lens, the enduring symbol of safety on the seas.

Designed by - Joe Whitlock Blundell with David Eccles

???
£2
2015
-

800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

Drawn up some 800 years ago, the Magna Carta was a catalyst for a journey towards freedom for the ordinary man, in the United Kingdom and across the world. This coin was struck in celebration of the Magna Carta - the charter of freedoms.

In June 1215 the Magna Carta was agreed by King John, witnessed by barons, noblemen and bishops. It brought an end to the unlimited power of the monarch and signalled a new era where freedom would no longer be out of the grasp of the common man. The Magna Carta has been reinterpreted through time, shaping the constitutions of great nations with some of the clauses still remaining part of British law to this day.


Obverse Designers Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Edge Milled
Edge Inscription

???
£2
2015
-

The 100th Anniversary of the First World War - The Royal Navy

Commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War that honours the Royal Navy. With a detailed design featuring a mighty battleship, this coin captures the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered.

Obverse Designers - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse Designer - David Rowlands
Edge - Milled
Edge Inscription - THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN

???
£2
2016
-

Great Fire of London

London in 1666 was very different to the city we know today. Wooden structures rather than soaring skyscrapers made up most of the homes and businesses in the capital: one of the reasons that a small fire, which notoriously began in a bakery in Pudding Lane, went on to rage across the city. Who can imagine the sight, as people fled the flames, leaving everything to the fire? Aaron West, a member of The Royal Mint’s team of expert designers, has taken the perspective of one of the Londoners seeking sanctuary on the Thames to capture the devastating scenes of the time.

Such is the drama of 1666 that the tale of the great fire has been handed down, still studied at schools and brought to life in television dramas. Aaron’s dramatic design captures the stories of the moments that changed London forever. His inspiration, along with first-hand accounts from popular figures such as Samuel Pepys, and the role played by The Royal Mint’s home at the Tower of London, are all explored in the display folder that houses your £2 coin. The Great Fire is a regular on the National Curriculum, making it a perfect gift for a student or enthusiast of British history, while its spectacular design will delight the collector.

Reverse Designer - Aaron West
Obverse Designer - Jody Clark

???
£2
2016
-

First World War The Army Pals Battalions

In 1914, tensions in South East Europe would spill over into war; a conflict that would engulf the rest of Europe, then the world. This was a new kind of warfare, fought on an industrial scale by land, sea and air. The tactics of the past were rendered obsolete by new technology and the sheer scale of the combat. The British Army needed to swell its ranks, so the call went out to enlist. To aid the recruitment drive, men were permitted to serve alongside those they knew in Pals Battalions - friends, neighbours and workmates serving side by side.

As we continue our five-year programme of commemoration , this poignant £2 coin by the team at creative agency Uniform is a respectful way to remember the camaraderie of those men and the unity and pride of the communities they volunteered to defend. It is created in association with Imperial War Museums, and every purchase includes a contribution to help fund their work. With this crisply-minted Brilliant Uncirculated edition in its richly detailed display folder, you can mark a poignant moment in military history, or add this superb coin to your First World War centenary collection.

Reverse Designer - Tim Sharp
Obverse Designer - Jody Clark

Edge Inscription - FOR KING AND COUNTRY

???
£2
2016
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Honouring the works of William Shakespeare - Tragedies

Three coins celebrate his famous plays

Such is the literary legacy of William Shakespeare, that The Royal Mint has struck three official £2 coins in his honour – a first for the United Kingdom. Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work, and the only way to own all three coins in one presentation is with this superb three-coin set. Your coins are struck to sparkling Brilliant Uncirculated standard and housed together in a display folder, complete with quotes from his plays to inspire and delight.

Reverse Designer - John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer - Jody Clark
Edge Inscription - What a piece of work is a man

???
£2
2016
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Honouring the works of William Shakespeare - Histories

Three coins celebrate his famous plays

Such is the literary legacy of William Shakespeare, that The Royal Mint has struck three official £2 coins in his honour – a first for the United Kingdom. Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work, and the only way to own all three coins in one presentation is with this superb three-coin set. Your coins are struck to sparkling Brilliant Uncirculated standard and housed together in a display folder, complete with quotes from his plays to inspire and delight.

Reverse Designer -John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer -Jody Clark
Edge Inscription - The Hollow Crown

???
£2
2016
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Honouring the works of William Shakespeare - Comedies

Three coins celebrate his famous plays

Such is the literary legacy of William Shakespeare, that The Royal Mint has struck three official £2 coins in his honour – a first for the United Kingdom. Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work, and the only way to own all three coins in one presentation is with this superb three-coin set. Your coins are struck to sparkling Brilliant Uncirculated standard and housed together in a display folder, complete with quotes from his plays to inspire and delight.

Reverse Designer - John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer - Jody Clark
Edge Inscription - All the Worlds a Stage

???
£2
-
-
-
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50 Pence commemorative coins
1 commemorative coins
Crown commemorative coins

 

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