Other £2 Coins
These are the £2 coins that are not part of a set of coins. Most are commemorative coins produced to mark a single event and issued in a single year. Only two coins are not commemorative, one being the very common History of Technological Achievement which has been minted since 1997 and entered circulation as the first 2 pound coin in 1998.
The other is the new Britannia released in 2015 with a circulation in that year of 650,000. This coin has also entered circulation in 2016 so could well continue for a number of years just like the History of Technological Achievement. Some of the coins produced in 2016 had a die error which meant that the head was close to upside down when the coin was turned over.
The 2016 coin that marks the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London was sold for £10 in a display folder with interesting facts about the fire that swept through London in 1666.
History of Technological AchievementRare Rank:
1 in 295 coinsCirculation:
1999 Rugby World CupRare Rank:
1 in 242 coinsCirculation:
2001 Wireless TransmissionRare Rank:
1 in 164 coinsCirculation:
2003 Discovery of DNARare Rank:
1 in 207 coinsCirculation:
2004 Steam LocomotiveRare Rank:
1 in 281 coinsCirculation:
2005 Gunpowder PlotRare Rank:
1 in 460 coinsCirculation:
2005 In Victory Magnanimity in Peace GoodwillRare Rank:
1 in 60 coinsCirculation:
2007 Act of UnionRare Rank:
1 in 97 coinsCirculation:
2007 Abolition of the Slave TradeRare Rank:
1 in 96 coinsCirculation:
2009 Robert BurnsRare Rank:
1 in 283 coinsCirculation:
2009 Charles DarwinRare Rank:
1 in 137 coinsCirculation:
2010 Florence NightingaleRare Rank:
1 in 250 coinsCirculation:
2011 King James BibleRare Rank:
1 in 714 coinsCirculation:
2011 Mary RoseRare Rank:
1 in 1019 coinsCirculation:
2012 Charles DickensRare Rank:
1 in 81 coinsCirculation:
2013 Anniversary of the GuineaRare Rank:
1 in 170 coinsCirculation:
2014 Trinity HouseRare Rank:
1 in 133 coinsCirculation:
2015 Magna CartaRare Rank:
1 in 261 coinsCirculation:
2016 Great Fire of LondonGuide Value:
Some items of interest:
The 1997 Technology £2 coin was produced with the fourth portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley on the obverse. This is the only version of a two pound coin to have this portrait (with the Queen wearing a necklace) as it was replaced in 1998 with the Jody Clark Portrait. Although interesting, this coin is not particularly rare.
2005 Gunpowder Plot coin has the edge inscription REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER. People noticed that some of the letters look to be mis-printed, such as some of the R letters as a P to make (for example) PEMEMBER PEMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBEP.
This is not a mint error, it has been confirmed by The Royal Mint that because of the milling on the edge of the coin lining up with the letter strike, some parts of some letters such as the leg of the R are not clearly visible. This does not make such coins more valuable.
The 2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade coin made for circulation has a fine sandpaper like finish to the silver part of the coin. The version created for coin sets was slightly different and had a smooth finish with the initials DG (for the designer David Gentleman) after the year 1807.