1994 Two Pounds Trial Coin

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A first Bi-metallic coin ‘trial’. Coins are dated 1994 but were actually released in 1998. The coins were all issued in packs which also contain examples of the outer and inner blanks and a nickel-brass ring. The obverse used is a modified OBVERSE 1 – very similar, but the trial obverse actually has a dot instead of a small cross between the ‘D’ and ‘ELIZABETH’. The obverse lettering also appears weaker and slightly thinner than usual.

Obverse Type The trial obverse features the Maklouf portrait but has a small dot instead of a cross below the Queen.

Reverse Type (design by Royal Mint in-house?):

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Edge: DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI XLVI.

Mintage for Circulation: None were made for circulation (it is thought that 4500 packs were made).

Collectability/Scarcity: 5 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse portrait of the Queen by Raphael Maklouf was used on all UK coinage from 1985 to 1997 and was the third portrait of the Queen used on coinage.

The reverse design shows a sailing ship, probably representing the Golden Hind.

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