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 up the wrong way?: 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. It’s just a silly rumour started by a tabloid in December 2016.
As of early 2017 there are 61 £2 coins.
Details of all £2 coins are shown below:
1994 Trial Bi-metallic coin.
|1997 Two Pounds||1998 Two Pounds||1999 Two Pounds||1999 Two Pounds||2000 Two Pounds|
|2001 Two Pounds||2001 Two Pounds||2002 Two Pounds||2002 Two Pounds||2002 Two Pounds|
|2002 Two Pounds||2002 Two Pounds||2003 Two Pounds||2003 Two Pounds||2004 Two Pounds|
|2004 Two Pounds||2005 Two Pounds||2005 Two Pounds||2005 Two Pounds||2006 Two Pounds|
|2006 Two Pounds||2006 Two Pounds||2007 Two Pounds||2007 Two Pounds||2007 Two Pounds|
|2008 Two Pounds||2008 Two Pounds||2008 Two Pounds||2009 Two Pounds||2009 Two Pounds|
|2009 Two Pounds||2010 Two Pounds||2010 Two Pounds||2011 Two Pounds||2011 Two Pounds|
|2011 Two Pounds||2012 Two Pounds||2012 Two Pounds||2012 Two Pounds||2013 Two Pounds|
|2013 Two Pounds||2013 Two Pounds||2013 Two Pounds||2014 Two Pounds||2014 Two Pounds|
|2014 Two Pounds||2015 Two Pounds||2015 Two Pounds (4th)||2015 Two Pounds (5th)||2015 Two Pounds (4th)|
|2015 Two Pounds (5th)||2015 Two Pounds||2016 Two Pounds||2016 Two Pounds||2016 Two Pounds|
|2016 Two Pounds||2016 Two Pounds||2016 Two Pounds||2017 Two Pounds||2017 Two Pounds|
|2017 Two Pounds||2018 Two Pounds||2018 Two Pounds||2018 Two Pounds||2018 Two Pounds|
|Main Bust types|
|1997||1998 – 2015||2015 –|
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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 – Britannia, Jane Austen and WWI Aviation), 2018 – (4 coins to date – Britannia, Frankenstein, RAF, WWI).
UK Bi-metallic £2 coin specifications:
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