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The Royal Mint issued a special £2 coin to mark 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage.
The Mayflower was the ship that transported the first English Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth to the New World in 1620. There were 102 passengers, and the crew is estimated to have been about 30, but the exact number is unknown. This voyage has become an iconic story in some of the earliest annals of American history, with its story of death and of survival in the harsh New England winter environment. The culmination of the voyage in the signing of the Mayflower Compact was an event which established a rudimentary form of democracy, with each member contributing to the welfare of the community.
A piedfort is an unusually thick coin, often exactly twice the normal weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter and pattern. Piedforts are not normally circulated, and are only struck for presentation purposes by mint officials (such as patterns), or for collectors, dignitaries, and other VIPs.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·2 POUNDS·
Depicts the Mayflower upon a rough sea to the left, with a guiding star in the night sky, dates above, legend below.
A part of the phrase (Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia) from the Mayflower Compact. It was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony written by the male passengers of the Mayflower, consisting of separatist Puritans, adventurers, and tradesmen.
UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
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