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£2 Commemorative

 

Event

Design

Edge Inscription

Designer

1986

XIII Commonwealth Games

Cross of St Andrew, crown of laurel leaves and Scottish Thistle

XIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES JULY 1986

Norman Sillman

1989

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'

None

John Lobban

1989

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 Claim of Right'

None

John Lobban

1994

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

SIC VOS NON VOBIS

Leslie Durbin

1995

50th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

A stylised representation of a Dove as the symbol of peace

1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995

John Mills

1995

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

None

Michael Rizzello

1996

10th European Football Championship

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

TENTH EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

John Mills

1999

1999 Rugby World Cup

Design depicts a stadium, on which is superimposed a rugby ball and goalpost. The date '1999' above separated by goal-posts from the value 'TWO POUNDS' below

Rugby World Cup 1999

Ron Dutton

2001

100th Anniversary of Marconi's 1st Wireless Transmission across the Atlantic

Radio waves decorating centre and outer border while a spark of electricity linking the zeros of the date represents the generation of the signal

WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC...MARCONI 1901...

Robert Evans

2002

XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester

Stylised figure of an athlete holding a banner and the inscription XVII Commonwealth Games 2002. Behind the athlete is a circle containing a flag - there are four different versions of this coin, each with one of the flags of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England in this circle

SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, MANCHESTER 2002

Matthew Bonaccorsi

2003

50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA

A representation of the double helical structure of DNA with the words DNA Double Helix above and 'TWO POUNDS' and the dates '1953-2003' below

DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID

John Mills

2004

200th Anniversary of the first steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick

A representation of a steam locomotive engine with the words 'TWO POUNDS' above and inside a cog wheel, the words R.TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004 as a circumscription

None

(milled with an incuse railway line motif) Robert Lowe

2005

400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot

An arrangement of crossiers, maces and swords surrounded by stars and the dates 1605 & 2005. Denomination TWO POUNDS below

REMEMBER REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER

Peter Forster

2005

60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Design depicts St Paul's Cathedral illuminated by searchlights and the value 'TWO POUNDS' sbove and the dates 1945-2005 below

In Victory Magnanimity in Peace Goodwill

Bob Elderton

2006

Bicentennial of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Depiction of a section of the roof of Paddington Station with the dates 2006 above and the name BRUNEL to the right and the denomination TWO POUNDS below

SO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE

Robert Evans

2006

Bicentennial of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

A portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel with two of his engineering achievments, encircled by a chain with the denomination TWO POUNDS above and the date 2006 below

1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL ENGINEER

Rod Kelly

2007

Tercentenary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland

A design dividing the coin into four quarters, with a rose and a thistle occupying two of the quarters and a portcullis in each of the other two quarters. The whole design is overlaid with a linking jigsaw motif and surrounded by the dates "1707" and "2007", and the denomination "TWO POUNDS"

UNITED INTO ONE KINGDOM

Yvonne Holton

2007

Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire

The date "1807" with the "0" depicted as a broken chain link, surrounded by the inscription "AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE" and the date "2007"

AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER

David Gentleman

2008

Olympic Handover Ceremony

A flag showing the five Olympic rings being passed from a hand on the left to a hand on the right. The surrounding inscription reads "BEIJING 2008" left of image and "LONDON 2012" to right. The London 2012 olympic logo is at the bottom of the coin overlapping both metals

I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

The Royal Mint Engraving Team

2008

The Centenary of the London Olympic Games of 1908

Four lanes of a running track extend from bottom left and converge into distance towards top right. The lane numbers show "1908" across the lanes with "TWO POUNDS 2008" written along the lanes. The inscription "LONDON OLYMPIC CENTENARY" is shown around the upper right half of the coin

THE 4TH OLYMPIAD LONDON

Thomas T Docherty

2009

250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns

A handwriting style of font reads [sic] "we'll tak a cup a' kindness yet, for auld lang syne". The inscription "1759 ROBERT BURNS 1796" above, "TWO POUNDS" below

SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT

The Royal Mint Engraving Team

2009

200th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth

A profile portrait of Charles Darwin on left, facing right, stares into the face of a chimpanzee on right, facing left. The incsription "1809 . DARWIN . 2009" above, "TWO POUNDS" below

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1859

Suzie Zamit

2010

100th Anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale

The design portrays a pulse being taken, whilst the background symbolises the rays of light from the lamp that Florence Nightingale was known for carrying during her rounds to tend to the wounded troops in the Crimean War. Surrounded by the inscription "1820 - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE - 1910" with "TWO POUNDS" below

150 YEARS OF NURSING

Gordon Summers

2011

400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

The design features typeset in a replica of the black letter typeface used in the first edition: the reversed, raised text of the printing block on the left and the recessed text of the printed word on the right, taking the form of the quote, ‘In the beginning was the Word’ (John 1:1).’[3] Inscription "KING JAMES BIBLE" above, "1611-2011" below

THE AUTHORISED VERSION

Paul Stafford & Benjamin Wright

2011

500th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose sailing right, based upon a 1546 pictorial survey of Henry VIII's navy. Inscription "THE MARY ROSE" above, "TWO POUNDS" below

YOUR NOBLEST SHIPPE 1511

John Bergdahl

2012

200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens

A profile outline of Charles Dickens, facing left, created from the titles of Dickens’ famous works. Inscription "1812 CHARLES DICKENS 1870" to left

SOMETHING WILL TURN UP

Matthew Dent

2012

The London 2012 Handover to Rio

The design depicts the moment of a baton handover in a relay race. The hand holding the baton descends from top right, above a sweeping UK flag which twists to become the flag of Brazil below the hand reaching up from bottom left to take the baton.[4] Inscription "LONDON 2012" top left, "RIO 2016" bottom right. The London 2012 olympic logo is at the very top of the coin

I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD

Jonathan Olliffe

2013

London Underground 150th Anniversary

The Train The front of a tube train fills the cupro-nickel centre of the coin as if approaching out of a tunnel formed by the surrounding nickel-brass outer ring of the coin. Inscription "1863 ∑ LONDON UNDERGROUND ∑ 2013" above

Linear representation of the Tube map

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

2013

London Underground 150th Anniversary

The Roundel A representation of the London Underground logo with "1863" above and "2013" below

MIND THE GAP

Edwina Ellis

2013

The 350th Anniversary of the Guinea

A recreation of the design on what became known as the "spade guinea": a shield with the arms of King George III. Surrounding inscription "ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLDEN GUINEA 2013"

WHAT IS A GUINEA? ‘TIS A SPLENDID THING

Anthony Smith ARBS

2014

100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the First World War

A representation of the famous recruitment poster featuring Lord Kitchener with the legend "YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU". Surrounding inscription "THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918" with "2014" below

THE LAMPS ARE GOING OUT ALL OVER EUROPE

John Bergdah

2014

500th Anniversary of Trinity House

The beacon of a lighthouse shining out to left and right. Surrounding inscription "1514 TRINITY HOUSE 2014" with "TWO POUNDS" below.

SERVING THE MARINER

Joe Whitlock-Blundell and David Eccles

 

 

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