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Commonwealth Games 2 pounds

The first commemorative 2 pound coin of the United Kingdom.

The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom has issued a number of commemorative 2 pound coins from 1986 to the present to mark special occasions, such as the 1986 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

The circulated commemoratives issued from 1986 to 1996 are composed of nickel-brass while the issues struck from that date forward are bimetallic, having an outer nickel-brass ring made from 76% copper, 20% zinc, and 4% nickel, and an inner cupronickel disk made from 75% copper and 25% nickel. In addition to the circulated coins, non-circulated commemoratives have been minted in .500 and .925 silver and .917 gold. Piedfort varieties of the silver coins also exist. All of the commemorative 2 pound coins issued from 1986 to 1998 weigh 15.98 grams, aside from the 24-gram silver piedforts. When the bimetallic 2 pound coin was unveiled in 1998, the mass of the circulation pieces and standard silver coins was changed to 12 grams, while the gold and piedfort coins retained their original masses. All 2 pound coins measure approximately 28.4 millimeters in diameter and feature a right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

CoinsEdit

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Image Year Subject Obverse Reverse Mass Diameter Composition Mintage
1986 Commonwealth Games £2 1986 1986 Commonwealth Games Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) Thistle above Saint Andrew's Cross, year (Sillman) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass 8,337,000
.500 silver 58,851
.925 silver 59,779
.917 gold 3277
300th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights 1989 300th anniversary of the Bill of Rights 1689 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) St Edward's Crown above "WM" monogram and mace, "TERCENTENARY OF THE CLAIM OF RIGHT", "1689-1989" (Lobban) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass 4,497,000
15.98 (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 25,000 (n)
25,000 (p)
1989 300th anniversary of the Bill of Rights 1689 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) Crown of Scotland above "WM" monogram and mace, "TERCENTENARY OF THE CLAIM OF RIGHT", "1689-1989" (Lobban) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass 446,000
15.98 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 24,852 (n)
10,000 (p)
1994 300th anniversary of the Bank of England Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) Bank of England logo, crowned monogram, "BANK OF ENGLAND", "1694-1994" (Durbin) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass at least 1,443,000
15.98 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 27,957 (n)
9569 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 1000
50th Anniversary WWII 1995 50th anniversary of the end of World War II Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) Dove and olive branch (Mills) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass less than 6,157,000
15.98 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 35,751 (n)
10,000 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 2900
1995 50th anniversary of the United Nations Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) UN emblem, flags, "NATIONS UNITED FOR PEACE", "1945-1995" (Rizzello) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass less than 6,157,000
15.976 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 175,000 (n)
10,000 (p)
15.976 g .917 gold 17,500
1996 UEFA Cup £2 1996 UEFA Euro 1996 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • F • D", value (Maklouf) Football (soccer) with year in the center (Mills) 15.98 g 28.4 mm nickel-brass 5,241,000
15.976 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 25,163 (n)
7634 (p)
15.976 g .917 gold 2098
1997 Technology see British 2 pound coin
1998-present
1999 Rugby World Cup 2 pound coin 1999 1999 Rugby World Cup Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", value (Rank-Broadley) Rugby ball, value, year (Dutton) 12 g 28.35 mm bimetallic¹ 5,100,000
.925 silver with gold-plated ring 9665
15.98 g .917 gold 311
2001 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic radio broadcasting by the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Representation of Guglielmo Marconi's wireless transmission of 1901, value, year (Evans) 11.97 g 28.35 mm bimetallic¹ at least 5,000,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 11,488 (n)
6759 (p)
15.97 g .917 gold 1658
2002 Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REGINA • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Coat of arms of the United Kingdom, branches, year (Noad) 15.98 g 28.4 mm .917 gold 8000
2002 CWG England 2002 2002 Commonwealth Games Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Athlete breaking ribbon at the finish line, Flag of England in circle, "XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES", value, year (Bonaccorsi) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 650,500
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 10,000 (n)
15.98 g .916 gold 500
2002 CWG Scotland 2002 2002 Commonwealth Games Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Athlete breaking ribbon at the finish line, Flag of Scotland in circle, "XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES", value, year (Bonaccorsi) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 771,750
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 10,000 (n)
15.98 g .916 gold 500
2002 CWG Wales 2002 2002 Commonwealth Games Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Athlete breaking ribbon at the finish line, Flag of Wales in circle, "XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES", value, year (Bonaccorsi) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 588,500
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 10,000 (n)
15.98 g .916 gold 500
2002 2002 Commonwealth Games Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Athlete breaking ribbon at the finish line, Flag of Northern Ireland in circle, "XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES", value, year (Bonaccorsi) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 485,500
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 10,000 (n)
15.98 g .916 gold 500
DNA £2 2003 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Double helix, "DNA DOUBLE HELIX", "1953", "2003", value (Mills) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 4,342,513
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center with gold-plated ring 11,204 (n)
8728 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 1500
Trevithick £2 2004 200th anniversary of the first steam locomotive, built by Richard Trevithick in 1804 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Trevithick's locomotive, "2004 R.TREVITHICK 1804", "INVENTION • INDUSTRY • PROGRESS", value 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 5,039,520
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center with gold-plated ring 21,156 (n)
5303 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 1500
2005 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Circular arrangement of scepters, swords, crosiers, and maces; "1605-2005", value (Forster) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 5,140,500
24 g .925 silver 4585
2005 60th anniversary of the end of World War II Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) St Paul's Cathedral, "1945-2005", value (Elderton) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 10,191,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center with gold-plated ring 21,734 (n)
4798 (p)
15.97 g .917 gold 2924
2006 200th birthday of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Isambard Brunel, bridge, wheel, chains, value, year (Kelly) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 7,975,250
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 3199 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold
2006 Achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Structural supports of the Paddington Station, "BRUNEL", value, year (Evans) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 7,502,250
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver 3018 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold
2007 200th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act of 1807 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", value (Rank-Broadley) Chain, "AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE", "1807", year (Gentleman) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 8,495,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center in gold-plated ring 7095 (n)
4000 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 1000
2007 300th anniversary of the Acts of Union 1707 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Portcullis, Tudor rose, and Scottish thistle puzzle pieces, "TWO 2007 POUNDS 1707" (Hulton) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 7,595,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center in gold-plated ring 8310 (n)
3990 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 750
2008 1908 Summer Olympics Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Sprint track, "LONDON OLYMPIC CENTENARY", "1908", value, year (Docherty) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 910,000
.925 silver center in gold-plated ring 20,000
15.97 g .917 gold
Handover £2 2008 Olympic flag handoff Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", value (Rank-Broadley) Hand passing the Olympic flag to another, 2012 Summer Olympics logo, "BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012" 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ 1,168,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center in gold-plated ring
15.98 g .917 gold 3000
Darwin £2 2009 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Darwin and ape heads facing each other, "1809 • DARWIN • 2009", value (Zamit) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 3,903,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center in gold-plated ring 3500 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold
Robert Burns £2 2009 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", year (Rank-Broadley) Auld Lang Sye lyrics: "we'll tak a cup a' kindnefs yet, O for auld lang syne"; "1759 ROBERT BURNS 1796", value 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 3,253,000
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver center in gold-plated ring
15.97 g .917 gold 1000
2010 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's death Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", year (Rank-Broadley) Hand taking a pulse from the wrist, "1820 - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE - 1910", value (Summers) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹ at least 4,810,000
2011 500th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Mary Rose Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", year (Rank-Broadley) Mary Rose, "THE MARY ROSE", value (Bergdahl) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver
15.98 g .917 gold
2011 400th anniversary of the King James Bible Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", year (Rank-Broadley) John 1:1 as written in the King James Bible: "IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD", "KING JAMES BIBLE", "I6II–20II" 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver
15.98 g .917 gold 1000
2012 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickins Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", year (Rank-Broadley) Left-facing outline of Charles Dickins' head composed of words, "1812 CHARLES DICKINS 1870" (Dent) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
12 g (n) .925 silver with gold-plated outer ring
15.98 g .917 gold
2012 Olympic flag handoff to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF", year (Rank-Broadley) Hand passing the Olympic flag to another, flag of the United Kingdom, flag of Brazil, 2012 Olympic logo, "LONDON 2012", "RIO 2016" (Olliffe) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
12 g (n) .925 silver with gold-plated outer ring 12,000
15.98 g .917 gold 1200
2013 150th anniversary of the London Underground Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) The roundel of the London Underground, "1863", "2013" (Ellis) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver with gold-plated outer ring 12,000 (n)
5363 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 960
2013 150th anniversary of the London Underground Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) London Underground 1967 Stock, "1863 • LONDON UNDERGROUND • 2013" (Barber & Osgerby) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
12 g (n)
24 g (p)
.925 silver with gold-plated outer ring 12,000 (n)
5363 (p)
15.98 g .917 gold 960
2013 350th anniversary of the British guinea Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH • II • DEI • GRA • REG • FID • DEF" (Rank-Broadley) Royal coat of arms of Great Britain, "ANNIVERSARY • OF • THE • GOLDEN • GUINEA", year (Smith) 12 g 28.4 mm bimetallic¹
.925 silver
.917 gold

¹ These coins have an outer nickel-brass ring made from 76% copper, 20% zinc, and 4% nickel, and an inner cupronickel center made from 75% copper and 25% nickel.

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