£2 Coins in Circulation

In 1998 the now familiar bi-metallic £2 coin was introduced (the first was actually dated 1997). There had been seven different thicker £2 coins made of a single metal issued before this date but while these coins are still legal tender, they are rarely seen in circulation. Initially the first bi-metallic £2 coins were non-commemorative and used the ages of development reverse with its attractive circular patterns and the edge lettering ‘STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS’. Click on the dates below to see the £2 coin(s) issued for that year.

Edge lettering: I get a lot of enquiries about the wording on the edges of £1 and £2 coins. Note that the edge lettering can be up one way or the other, it’s completely random.

As of early 2017 there are 61 £2 coins.

Details of all £2 coins are shown below:

1986 – 1996 Single metal coins

1994 Trial Bi-metallic coin.

2poundsStandardrev1997 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev1998 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev1999 Two Pounds 2pounds1999rugbyrev1999 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2000 Two Pounds
2poundsStandardrev2001 Two Pounds 2pounds2001marcrev2001 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2002 Two Pounds 2pounds2002revENG2002 Two Pounds 2pounds2002revNI2002 Two Pounds
2pounds2002revSCO2002 Two Pounds 2pounds2002revWAL2002 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2003 Two Pounds 2pounds2003DNArev2003 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2004 Two Pounds
2pounds2004revtrev2004 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2005 Two Pounds 2pounds2005nov5th2005 Two Pounds 2pounds2005stpauls2005 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2006 Two Pounds
2pounds2006revbrunel2006 Two Pounds 2pounds2006revBbrunel2006 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2007 Two Pounds 2pounds2007revunion2007 Two Pounds 2pounds2007revslave2007 Two Pounds
2poundsStandardrev2008 Two Pounds 2pounds2008olycentr2008 Two Pounds 2pounds2008beijingr2008 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2009 Two Pounds 2pounds2009darwin2009 Two Pounds
2pounds2009burnsr2009 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2010 Two Pounds 2poundsnightingalerevjpg2010 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2011 Two Pounds 2pounds2011bible2011 Two Pounds
2pounds2011mrrev2011 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2012 Two Pounds 2pounds2012rio2012 Two Pounds 2pounds2012dickens2012 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2013 Two Pounds
2pounds2013tuberoundal2013 Two Pounds 2pounds2013tubetrain2013 Two Pounds 2pounds2013guinea2013 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2014 Two Pounds 2pounds2014wwi2014 Two Pounds
2pounds2014trinhse2014 Two Pounds 2poundsStandardrev2015 Two Pounds 2pounds2015WW1rev2015 Two Pounds (4th) 2pounds2015WW1rev2015 Two Pounds (5th) 2pounds2015Magna2015 Two Pounds (4th)
2pounds2015Magna2015 Two Pounds (5th) 2poundrev2015 Two Pounds 2poundrev2016 Two Pounds twopounds2016wwir2016 Two Pounds twopounds2016firer2016 Two Pounds
twopounds2016jesterr2016 Two Pounds twopounds2016crownswordr2016 Two Pounds twopounds2016skullr2016 Two Pounds 2poundrev2017 Two Pounds 2017 Two Pounds
2017 Two Pounds
Main Bust types
2pounds1997obv1997 2pounds1998-obv1998 – 2015 britannia2poundsobv2015 –

Text only links, in case the table above does not display correctly:
1997 (1 coin – standard Technology reverse), 1998 (1 coin – standard Technology reverse), 1999 (2 coins – Technology and Rugby World Cup), 2000 (1 coin – standard Technology reverse), 2001 (2 coins – Technology and Marconi Wireless),  2002 (5 coins – Technology and 4 coins for Commonwealth games), 2003 (2 coins – Technology and DNA) , 2004 (2 coins – Technology and Trevithick Engine), 2005 (3 coins – Technology, Gunpowder plot and End of WWII ), 2006 (3 coins – Technology and 2 coins for Brunel), 2007 (3 coins – Technology, UK Union and Slave Trade), 2008 (3 coins – Technology, 1908 Olympics and Handover to London), 2009 (3 coins – Technology, Darwin and Burns), 2010 (2 coins – Technology and Nightingale), 2011 (3 coins – Technology, Mary Rose, King James bible), 2012 (3 coins – Technology, Dickens, Handover to Rio), 2013 (4 coins – Technology, Guinea and London Underground x2), 2014 (3 coins – Technology, Kitchener and Trinity house), 2015 (5 coins – Technology, Navy, Magna Carta x2 and the new Britannia), 2016 (6 coins – Britannia, Army, Fire of London and 3 for Shakespeare). 2017 – (3 coins to date – Britannia, Jane Austen and WWI Aviation).

UK Bi-metallic £2 coin specifications:

Size: 28.4mm
Width: 2.5mm
Metal composition of gold coloured part: 76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc (referred to as nickel-brass)
Metal composition of silver coloured part: 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel or copper-nickel)
Weight: 12 grammes

Comments

  1. A mcloughlin
    6th September 2016

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    If you are luckt enougb to get these coins in your change were would you sell them

  2. Nik Yeomans
    2nd November 2016

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    Is there really a 2016 Fire of London with 4th portrait? Logically there shouldn’t be as 5th portrait has already been introduced. this would make 58 coins rather than 59.

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd November 2016

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      Thanks Nik! I appear to have not been paying attention when creating the table (the dangers of copy and pasting). You’re right, only the 2015 Royal Navy coin and the Magna Carta coin exist with both 4th and 5th portraits.

  3. Geoff Rothwell
    9th December 2016

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    The Royal mint suggests there are four 2015 coins, one of each type that you mention, whereas you are suggesting there are five coins (2x Magna Carta, 4th & 5th portrait) Could you clarify, please?
    I am a novice collector so could very well have misunderstood!

    • CYC-Admin
      11th December 2016

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      There are certainly 2 of each of the Navy and Magna Carta (4th and 5th portraits). The 4th portraits were included in sets only so won’t normally be found in circulation.

    • Carolyn
      24th February 2017

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      Hi Geoff I have just got a two pound coin in my change and in the middle it has written”in the begining was the world” but then it is written again on the same side same words only back to front is this one you are looking for?
      Regards
      Carolyn

  4. Steven
    15th December 2016

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    I’ve got a very nice condition 1998 (shame it’s not a 99) standing on the shoulder of Giants. I think I probably took it out of circulation in 1998. Is it worth keeping, (I have no reason to) or should I just spend it.

    • CYC-Admin
      15th December 2016

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      In perfect condition they are always worth keeping! Even though there will always be loads available in perfect condition – you got it from change instead of being lazy and buying the set.

  5. C Ward
    23rd December 2016

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    Thank you for the excellent information. My daughter found a very shiny single metal 2 pound coin dated 1986 which I assumed must be fake – until I found your website! She’s now thrilled to have a special coin.

  6. N Curtis
    2nd January 2017

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    I have in my collection a Shakespeare Tragedies £2 with the 4th portrait. The portrait side is the same as the Standing on the shoulders of Giants issues and as such it has no value anywhere on it. Also it has no edge inscription. The quality of it indicates it is a proof issue although I got mine in change from an ice cream van at a show in Great Malvern in July. So far, I cannot find anything out about this. Looks like is is an unknown mule. Definately not a fake, quality is way too good.

  7. Melanie Serag
    4th January 2017

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    I have found a fake £2.00 coin with Britannia on it. I live in the Swansea valley. I receive the coin in my change at a local shop. What shall I do with it ?
    Thank you
    Melanie Serag

    • CYC-Admin
      5th January 2017

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      Well technically it’s illegal to spend a known fake, but I suspect someone would probably pay more than £2 for it as an interesting curio. Some people collect fakes.

  8. Amyyvonnehutchins@outlook.com
    5th January 2017

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    Hi I have 3 all gold £2 are they worth anything

    • CYC-Admin
      5th January 2017

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      Assuming you mean the pre 1997 chunky type, then usually they are worth a bit more than face value unless in awful condition.

  9. Candyman
    9th January 2017

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    I am always on the look out for different coins and notes in my change and today I received the 2016 Britannia £2.00 coin, which you are using as your Admin icon.
    Is this worth more than its face value because I read that there were only 995 minted.

    • CYC-Admin
      9th January 2017

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      No, there are lots around circulating at the moment. Some pay a little more than face value if they can’t find one and want one.

  10. Anne
    11th January 2017

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    I have a 1707/2017 coin any use in keeping it

    • CYC-Admin
      11th January 2017

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      The jigsaw Union £2? If you want to keep it, keep it. Don’t expect to retire just yet though.

  11. Elizabeth
    13th January 2017

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    Good Day
    My name is Liz
    I am a new coin collector and in wanting to add to my already small existing collection. I purchased a Kew Gardens on ebay but I have a funny sensation about this coin and I am wondering if you can help me in identifying wheather it is genuine or fake could i please email a photo to you.

  12. Ralf Edge
    16th January 2017

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    Hi, The Guy Fawkes £2 edging on my examples either reads “Pemember Pemember the fifth of November” or “Remember Remember the fifth of November”, as I understood it it’s a mistake and it’s only ever the word Remember that’s sometimes Pemember and it doesn’t happen on November… Are you sure there are Novembep examples out there?? Thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      17th January 2017

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      As it’s only a blocked element of the retaining collar it’s very likely that the end R’s also lose the tail and become a ‘P’. I don’t know what the original source of the info was (it’s likely I saw one years ago), but it is highly likely that they can exist like that.

  13. sharon Willis
    16th January 2017

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    My son has a £2 coin it is the one with the steam engine on, but there is no date on it, nor on the side HRH head and around the edge is nothing, has he got a fake , thank you for your help I have tried looking but just getting totally confused

  14. Jo
    19th January 2017

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    Hi! I am new in this and just found a IWW 2014 £2 coin in perfect conditions in my change. Is it worth more than its face value? Thanks!

  15. Sean Brown
    24th January 2017

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    Hi i have a 2016 magna carta £2 coin with DEI GRA REG with what i think is a 4th portrait of the queen with IRB initials, it also has no lettering around outside of the coin, i cannot find a 2016 magna carta coin in circulation therefore is it a fake?

    • CYC-Admin
      25th January 2017

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      Yes, it’s normal for the Chinese made forgeries to have missing edge lettering and quite coarse milling instead of the finer ridges on real coins.

  16. tammy
    27th January 2017

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    I read the guy falls pemember pemember is worth £16 . Is that true? Also I have some of the top 10 rarest £1 coins. Are they worth keeping or do I sell them before the pound coin is no longer legal in October.

  17. Kim wallis
    30th January 2017

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    My daughter kept 2 £2 coins as she liked the designs..one was the 2014 kitchener and the other one which we have just found out that its one of the 2007 slavery ones with the wording up side down..is this coin worth anything please?

    • CYC-Admin
      31st January 2017

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      No, afraid not. The writing on the edge can be up one way or the other, it’s completely random.

  18. Jhon
    31st January 2017

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    What is the most expensive 2 pound coin and 50p coins ? I have lots of them

    • CYC-Admin
      31st January 2017

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      Generally any that have above 1 on the collectability scale and also any that are in perfect condition are worth more than face value. You’ll have to buy the new book in a few weeks!

    • william Fisher
      25th February 2017

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      i have a 2015 two pound coin dose it make any difference on what side the date is on

  19. Reilly Rutherford
    3rd February 2017

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    Hey, im incredibly new to coin collecting (started 6 minutes ago) so this probably sounds stupid but if the writing on the side of the coin is facing away from the queen does that mean it’s upside down?

    • CYC-Admin
      5th February 2017

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      I suspect in your 7th minute you probably found the posts that ask the same question about the writing on the edge and learned that the writing is totally random and can be up one way or the other. 😉

  20. Jane Robbins
    7th February 2017

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    Hi there, I have a 1945-2005 St. Paul’s cathedral £2 coin and the dots around the queens head start then fade away, so not fully going around. Is this worth anything? Many thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      7th February 2017

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      A lot of £2 coins end up losing the little dots in the join between the two metals.

  21. Helen Bruten
    8th February 2017

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    I have an all gold £2 coin. The queens head looks to be 1st generation (I’m very new to this so apologise if I’m using the wrong terminology) and ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D. The other side has 1694 – 1994, swirly Bank of England text and a small oval picture in the middle. The edging says SIC VOS NON VOBIS. I can’t see it listed here. Is this real? Many thanks.

  22. Marie
    9th February 2017

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    CAN ANYONE HELP ME?
    I HAVE A 2006 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    £2 COIN…..
    AND ALSO I HAVE A 2009 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. WITH ROBERT BURNS 1759 £2 COIN.
    CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THEY ARE WORTH ANYTHING PLEASE

  23. Emma
    9th February 2017

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    I have a £2 2005 coin marking the 400th anniversary of the gunpowder plot. On the side, it says: “Pemember Remember the fifth of November”. Would this coin be more valuable? Thanks

  24. Emma
    17th February 2017

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    Do you know of any websites who have any information on the rarity of isle of man, jersey and Gibraltar coins? I have looked myself but cannot find any. Thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      18th February 2017

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      Info is a bit sparse for those. I’ve certainly come across a couple of people on Facebook groups that seem to be pretty clued up on certain territory coins, e.g. the IOM Christmas and Viking 50p’s and some of the Jersey coins and territory £2 coins in general.

  25. Phil H
    18th February 2017

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    Thank you very much for publishing this information for free. I’ve recently started collecting and regularly use this site for reference 👍

  26. pgarsden49@gmail.com
    24th February 2017

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    I have found a £2 coins, ” The Mary Rose “, in my change.
    On the Queen’Street head side, there is a date of 2015.
    As understand it, that coin wasn’t issued in that year. Am I correct ?

  27. Sasha
    27th February 2017

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    I found a £2 coin in my change, type 35,The Army 2016. Is it worth more than the face value or it it common coin in circulation? Thanks

  28. Gill
    28th February 2017

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    Hi
    I have a Mary Rose 2011, and a Rugby 1999. I’m not a collector or a dealer, just save the coins for the fun and then cash in later. Are these of any use to collectors?

    • CYC-Admin
      28th February 2017

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      The Mary Rose one is a little more popular at the moment due to media hype and people believing that the mintage figures of mass produced decimal coins are in some way significant. In short, you should be able to get a bit more than £2 for it.

  29. BRIDGET
    3rd March 2017

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    I HAVE A 2POUND COIN 2016 THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON
    IS THIS WORTH ANYTHING.THANK YOU.

  30. Sarah
    5th March 2017

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    I work in a shop and this week had a customer with piles of single metal £2 coins – some were the 1989 bill of rights, others appeared to be Scottish and others from the Ascension Islands. I didn’t examine them all but the ones I looked at seemed much lighter in weight than the current ones. I refused to accept them. Was I correct to think they were fakes?

    • CYC-Admin
      5th March 2017

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      No, you probably should have taken them. All of the single metal coins tend to find owners over face value and even fake ones are of interest to some people (not that I’ve ever seen any fakes of the older £2 coins but it’s possible I suppose).

  31. Craig walker
    11th March 2017

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    Hi I have a technology with 4th portrait. Which is at a 90′ rotation to the tail side, is this normal

    • CYC-Admin
      12th March 2017

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      No, it’s not normal, but I’m sure I saw one on Facebook recently. What date is it?

  32. David Royle
    12th March 2017

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    Hi, do you know the montage figures yet for the 2016 £2 coins?

  33. Frank McKay
    14th March 2017

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    Hello I have come across a 2007 £2 coin 1807 Abolish the Slavery with inscription I am Not a Man and a Brother but to read the text you have to switch the coin from Queens head to the reverse side of the coin. My friend said it could be a rare coin but i’m never that lucky to find anything rare. Please could you advise me. Plus a 2001 Standing on the Shoulders of Giants £2 which i have also been told is rare would be grateful for any advice Thank you.

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