2012 Two Pounds

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Three different £2 coins were issued in 2012. Two commemorative coins; one to mark the Olympic handover ceremony from London 2012 to Rio in 2016 and another to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The standard coin with the ages of man reverse was also issued.

Commemorative £2 Coin, Type 26: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type 2d (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

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Reverse Type (design by Jonathan Olliffe):

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Edge: I CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD.

Mintage for Circulation: 845,000 (initially reported to be a lot lower).

Collectability/Scarcity: 3 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse has the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley. The reverse omits both the denomination ‘TWO POUNDS’ and the date, so these has been incorporated into the obverse and are shown at the bottom.

The reverse by Jonathan Olliffe shows a baton being handed over with the Union flag, the flag of Brazil and a running track below and the London 2012 logo above. The very successful London 2012 Olympics finished with the ceremony to mark the handover to Rio de Janeiro for 2016. The performers at the ceremony had this to say:

http://www.rio2016.com/en/rio-2016-performers-on-flag-handover-at-london-2012-closing-ceremony

Commemorative £2 Coin, Type 27: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type 2d (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

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Reverse Type (design by Matthew Dent):

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Edge: SOMETHING WILL TURN UP.

Mintage for Circulation: 8,190,000.

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse has the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley. The reverse omits both the denomination ‘TWO POUNDS’ and the date, so these has been incorporated into the obverse and are shown at the bottom.

The reverse is by Matthew Dent and shows the profile of Charles Dickens, made up of the titles of his works. Charles John Huffam Dickens is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. In his epic novels he created fictional characters that are known the world over and remain hugely popular to this day:

http://charlesdickenspage.com/

The Standard Coin for 2012:

Obverse Type (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

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Reverse Type (design by Bruce Rushin):

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Edge: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS.

Mintage for Circulation: 3,900,000.

Collectability/Scarcity: 0 (for scale details see here).

The story behind the design:

The obverse portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley has been used on all UK coinage from 1998 to 2015 and is the fourth portrait of the Queen used on coinage. At the time of writing, this portrait is due to be replaced by a new one, to be unveiled in 2015.

The reverse design shows technological ages of man. Represented are the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution, the Electronic Age and the Internet Age. The edge quote ‘STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS’ is from a letter by Sir Isaac Newton from 1676 in which he wrote: ‘If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’, which may have been a modest nod to other scientists, but some say that it may have been poking fun at the stature of the recipient of the letter, Robert Hooke. The expression ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’ pre-dates Newton by many centuries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_on_the_shoulders_of_giants

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