All £2 coins issued by the Royal Mint

The bi-metallic £2 coins that we see circulated today got released into British currency in 1998. But these aren't the first £2 coins issued by the Royal mint. Before their release, there were seven 'single metal' commemorative £2 coins that the Royal mint issued between 1986 and 1996. Despite high mintage numbers of these coins. the general public didn't show much interest in them.The older £2 coins from 1986–1996 are still considered legal tender today. But contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers have to accept them. You will most likely find that banks and retailers will refuse them.

Rare 'Royal Mint Trial' £2 coin

There are very rare 'trial coins' of the earlier £2 coins, although it is unsure how many of these were released.

The trial coins have the ship on the reverse with the words 'ROYAL MINT TRIAL'. These trial coins are not part of the seven released into circulation.

single metal 2 pound coin trial
'ROYAL MINT TRIAL' £2 Coin

These coins don't often come on the market but they do sometimes appear on eBay.

The seven £2 coins issued between 1986 and 1996

  1. XIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCOTLAND 1986 £2 COIN.

    XIII Commonwealth Games Scotland

    • Year Issued: 1986
    • Designed by: Norman Sillman
    • Mintage: 8,212,184
    • Edge: XIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCOTLAND 1986
  2. Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights 1989 £2 coin.

    Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights

    • Year Issued: 1989
    • Designed by: John Lobban
    • Mintage: 4,431,831
  3. Tercentenary of the Claim of Right act 1989 £2 coin.

    Tercentenary of the Claim of Right Act

    • Year Issued: 1989
    • Designed by: John Lobban
    • Mintage: 346,000
  4. Tercentenary of the Bank of England 1994 £2 coin.

    Tercentenary of the Bank of England

    • Year Issued: 1994
    • Designed by: Leslie Durbin
    • Mintage: 1,443,116
    • Edge: SIC VOS NON VOBIS
  5. 50th Anniversary of the end of The Second World War 1995 £2 coin.

    50th Anniversary of the end of The Second World War

    • Year Issued: 1995
    • Designed by: John Mills
    • Mintage: 5,000,000
    • Edge: 1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995
  6. 50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations 1995 £2 coin.

    50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations

    • Year Issued: 1995
    • Designed by: Michael Rizzello
    • Mintage: 1,750,000
  7. 10th European Football Championship 1996 £2 coin.

    10th European Football Championship

    • Year Issued: 1996
    • Designed by: John Mills
    • Mintage: 5,141,350
    • Edge: TENTH EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP


All £2 coins issued from 1997 – Present

In 1994, the vending machine industry, members of the public, and special interest groups, agreed that there was a need for a £2 coin in British currency. Winning favour for its distinguished look against other coins in circulation, the new bi-colour £2 coin was born.

They decided that for the reverse design of the coin, they would hold a competition, which anyone from the general public could enter. The winning designer was art teacher Bruce Rushin. Who based his design on the story of technological development from the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution. And from the Computer Age to the Internet.The edge of the coins inscription read ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’ — Taken from a letter written in 1676 by Isaac Newton to his fellow scientist Robert Hooke, acknowledging the debt he owed to others.

The planned release date for this new £2 coin was for November 1997. But due to concerns from the vending industry, the coins had to go on hold pending further tests. They eventually launched on the 15th June 1998.

The original production of the coin in 1997 had a Raphael Maklouf portrait of the Queen on the obverse. The coins design changed once the production resumed in 1998. Featuring the new portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley on the obverse.

Millions of the two versions were released on the . And due to the two different portraits, people believed that the £2 featuring Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of the Queen held a very low mintage. But this information is wrong as both mintage’s are in the millions.

The £2 coin is legal tender for any amount.

United Kingdom £2 Coin Reverse Designs

  1. 1997 Two Pound Coin.

    Technology

    • Year Issued: 1997 – 2015
    • Edge Inscription: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
    • Designer: Bruce Rushin
    • Mintage: 346,725,530
  2. 1999 Two Pound Coin.

    Rugby World Cup

    • Year Issued: 1999
    • Edge Inscription: Rugby World Cup 1999
    • Designer: Ron Dutton
    • Mintage: 4,933,000
  3. 2001 Two Pound Coin.

    Wireless Transmission

    • Year Issued: 2001
    • Edge Inscription: WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC…MARCONI 1901…
    • Designer: Robert Evans
    • Mintage: 4,558,000
  4. 2002 Commonwealth games Two Pound Coin with the england flag.

    Commonwealth Games England

    • Year Issued: 2002
    • Edge Inscription: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, MANCHESTER 2002
    • Designer: Matthew Bonaccorsi
    • Mintage: 650,000
  5. 2002 Commonwealth games Two Pound Coin with the welsh flag.

    Commonwealth Games Wales

    • Year Issued: 2002
    • Edge Inscription: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, MANCHESTER 2002
    • Designer: Matthew Bonaccorsi
    • Mintage: 588,500
  6. 2002 Commonwealth games Two Pound Coin with the northern ireland flag.

    Commonwealth Games NI

    • Year Issued: 2002
    • Edge Inscription: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, MANCHESTER 2002
    • Designer: Matthew Bonaccorsi
    • Mintage: 485,500
  7. 2002 Commonwealth games Two Pound Coin with the scotland flag.

    Commonwealth Games Scotland

    • Year Issued: 2002
    • Edge Inscription: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, MANCHESTER 2002
    • Designer: Matthew Bonaccorsi
    • Mintage: 771,750
  8. 2003 Two Pound Coin.

    DNA

    • Year Issued: 2003
    • Edge Inscription: DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID
    • Designer: John Mills
    • Mintage: 4,299,000
  9. 2004 Two Pound Coin.

    Steam Locomotive

    • Year Issued: 2004
    • Edge Inscription: Is milled with an incuse railway line motif.
    • Designer: Robert Lowe
    • Mintage: 5,004,500
  10. 2005 Two Pound Coin.

    Gunpowder Plot

    • Year Issued: 2005
    • Edge Inscription: REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER
    • Designer: Peter Forster
    • Mintage: 5,140,500
  11. 2005 Two Pound Coin.

    60th Anniversary of the end of World War 2

    • Year Issued: 2005
    • Edge Inscription: In Victory Magnanimity in Peace Goodwill
    • Designer: Bob Elderton
    • Mintage: 10,191,000
  12. 2006 Two Pound Coin.

    Paddington Station

    • Year Issued: 2006
    • Edge Inscription: SO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE
    • Designer: Robert Evans
    • Mintage: 7,452,250
  13. 2006 Two Pound Coin.

    Brunel

    • Year Issued: 2006
    • Edge Inscription: 1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL ENGINEER
    • Designer: Rod Kelly
    • Mintage: 7,928,250
  14. 2007 Two Pound Coin.

    Act of Union

    • Year Issued: 2007
    • Edge Inscription: UNITED INTO ONE KINGDOM
    • Designer: Yvonne Holton
    • Mintage: 7,545,000
  15. 2007 Two Pound Coin.

    Abolition of Slavery

    • Year Issued: 2007
    • Edge Inscription: AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER
    • Designer: David Gentleman
    • Mintage: 8,445,000
  16. 2008 Two Pound Coin.

    Olympic Handover

    • Year Issued: 2008
    • Edge Inscription: I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD
    • Designer: The Royal Mint Engraving Team
    • Mintage: 918,000
  17. 2008 Two Pound Coin.

    Olympic Centenary

    • Year Issued: 2008
    • Edge Inscription: THE 4TH OLYMPIAD LONDON
    • Designer: Thomas T Docherty
    • Mintage: 910,000
  18. 2009 Two Pound Coin.

    Robert Burns

    • Year Issued: 2009
    • Edge Inscription: SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT
    • Designer: The Royal Mint Engraving Team
    • Mintage: 3,253,000
  19. 2009 Two Pound Coin.

    Darwin

    • Year Issued: 2009
    • Edge Inscription: ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1859
    • Designer: Suzie Zamit
    • Mintage: 3,903,000
  20. 2010 Two Pound Coin.

    Florence Nightingale

    • Year Issued: 2010
    • Edge Inscription: 150 YEARS OF NURSING
    • Designer: Gordon Summers
    • Mintage: 6,175,000
  21. 2011 Two Pound Coin.

    King James Bible

    • Year Issued: 2011
    • Edge Inscription: THE AUTHORISED VERSION
    • Designer: Benjamin Wright
    • Mintage: 975,000
  22. 2011 Two Pound Coin.

    Mary Rose

    • Year Issued: 2011
    • Edge Inscription: YOUR NOBLEST SHIPPE 1511
    • Designer: John Bergdahl
    • Mintage: 1,040,000
  23. 2012 Two Pound Coin.

    Charles Dickens

    • Year Issued: 2012
    • Edge Inscription: SOMETHING WILL TURN UP
    • Designer: Matthew Dent
    • Mintage: 8,190,000
  24. Rio Handover

    London 2012 Handover

    • Year Issued: 2012
    • Edge Inscription: I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD
    • Designer: Jonathan Olliffe
    • Mintage: 845,000
  25. Underground £2

    London Underground Train

    • Year Issued: 2013
    • Edge Inscription: Linear representation of the Tube map
    • Designer: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
    • Mintage: 1,690,000
  26. Underground £2

    London Underground Roundel

    • Year Issued: 2013
    • Edge Inscription: MIND THE GAP
    • Designer: Edwina Ellis
    • Mintage: 1,560,000
  27. Guinea £2

    Guinea

    • Year Issued: 2013
    • Edge Inscription: WHAT IS A GUINEA? ‘TIS A SPLENDID THING
    • Designer: Anthony Smith ARBS
    • Mintage: 2,990,000
  28. 2014 First World War Centenary

    • Year Issued: 2014
    • Edge Inscription: THE LAMPS ARE GOING OUT ALL OVER EUROPE
    • Designer: John Bergdahl
    • Mintage: 5,720,000
  29. Trinity House

    • Year Issued: 2014
    • Edge Inscription: SERVING THE MARINER
    • Designer: Joe Whitlock Blundell with David Eccles
    • Mintage: 3,705,000
  30. 2014

    Magna Carta

    • Year Issued: 2015
    • Edge Inscription: FOUNDATION OF LIBERTY
    • Designer: John Bergdahl
    • Mintage: 1,495,000
  31. 2015 First World War Centenary

    • Year Issued: 2015
    • Edge Inscription: THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN
    • Designer: David Rowlands
    • Mintage: 650,000
  32. Britannia

    • Year Issued: 2015 – present
    • Edge Inscription: QUATUOR MARIA VINDICO
    • Designer: Antony Dufort’s 
    • Mintage: 3,575,000
  33. 2016 Great Fire of London

    • Year Issued: 2016
    • Edge Inscription: THE WHOLE CITY IN DREADFUL FLAMES
    • Designer: Aaron West
    • Mintage: 5,135,000
  34. 2016 Army £2 Coin.

    2016 World War One

    • Year Issued: 2016
    • Edge Inscription: FOR KING AND COUNTRY
    • Designer: Tim Sharp
    • Mintage: 9,550,000
  35. 2016 Shakespeare Histories

    • Year Issued: 2016
    • Edge Inscription: THE HOLLOW CROWN
    • Designer: John Bergdahl
    • Mintage: 4,615,000
  36. 2016 Shakespeare Comedies

    • Year Issued: 2016
    • Edge Inscription: ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE
    • Designer: John Bergdahl
    • Mintage: 4,355,000
  37. 2016 Shakespeare Tragedies

    • Year Issued: 2016
    • Edge Inscription: WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN
    • Designer: John Bergdahl
    • Mintage: 4,615,000
  38. jane austen 2 pound coin.

    Jane Austen

    • Year Issued: 2017
    • Edge Inscription: THERE IS NO DOING WITHOUT MONEY
    • Designer: Dominique Evans
    • Mintage: TBC
  39. fww aviation 2 pound coin.

    WW1 Aviation

    • Year Issued: 2017
    • Edge Inscription: THE SKY RAINED HEROES
    • Designer: Dan Flashman
    • Mintage: TBC
  40. 100 years of the RAF £2 coin.

    RAF Centenary

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: Per Ardua ad Astra
    • Designer: Rhys Morgan
    • Mintage: TBC
  41. World war 1 armistice centenary £2 coin.

    WWI Armistice

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription:WILFRED OWEN KILLED IN ACTION 4 NOV 1918
    • Designer: Stephen Raw
    • Mintage: TBC
  42. RAF Vulcan £2 coin.

    RAF Vulcan

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: A SPARK OF BEING
    • Designer: Per Ardua ad Astra
    • Mintage: TBC
  43. RAF Spitfire £2 coin.

    RAF Spitfire

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: Per Ardua ad Astra
    • Designer: Richard Talbot and Neil Talbot
    • Mintage: TBC
  44. RAF Sea King £2 coin.

    RAF Sea King

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: Per Ardua ad Astra
    • Designer: Richard Talbot and Neil Talbot
    • Mintage: TBC
  45. RAF Lightning 2 £2 coin.

    RAF Lightning II

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: Per Ardua ad Astra
    • Designer: Richard Talbot and Neil Talbot
    • Mintage: TBC
  46. Captain Cook £2 coin.

    Voyage of Discovery

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS
    • Designer: Gary Breeze
    • Mintage: TBC
  47. Frankenstein £2 coin.

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    • Year Issued: 2018
    • Edge Inscription: A SPARK OF BEING
    • Designer: Thomas T. Docherty
    • Mintage: TBC


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