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William Shakespeare Histories £2 coin

The Hollow Crown’ inscribed on edge.

Good circulated condition

Mintage: 4,615,000 (may include coins issued as part of a set).

Minted at The Royal Mint.
£2 Coin William Shakespeare Hollow Crown Sword Histories 2016
William Shakespeare Histories £2.

The bi-metallic £2 coin is the largest circulating coin denomination of the Pound Sterling.

It was introduced in 1998 (earlier two pound coins were made of Nickel brass,

Commemorative, and did not circulate much).

Being bi-metallic means that the coin comprises two separate components of differing alloys

A Nickel-Brass outer ring with inner circle of CuproNickel.

The Royal Mint maintains a “definitive” style of the £2 issued annually,

As well as a large variety of one-year circulating commemorative types

and some Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) £2 coins for collectors.

Between 1997 and 2015, the definitive type was the Technology type £2, which was then changed to the Britannia type £2.

The one-year type coins celebrate important anniversaries or people, as well as iconic aspects of British culture and history.

This circulating commemorative £2 coin marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare remains one of the greatest British writers of all time.

His influential works take their rightful place at the heart of our school curriculum and each new generation is gifted his legacy;

Furthermore inspired and entertained.

In 2016 The Royal Mint released three £2 coins marking the 400th anniversary of his death,

designed by long-time Royal Mint collaborator John Bergdahl.

The coins celebrate William Shakespeare most famous works

and this design skilfully captures the essence of his histories with its crown and sword central motif.

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right,

wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the “Fifth Portrait”).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch’s legend: ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·.

Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith,

Also followed by the value and denomination in English.

In small letters below the head, the artist’s initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

The reverse shows a crown pierced by a sword within the inner circle.

Around the top of the rim, the inscription William Shakespeare

issued 2016 and separated from the writer’s name by two roses.

The artist’s initials JB (for John Bergdahl) are in very small letters in the right field under the crown.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

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