• 2 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 250th Anniversary of Birth of Sir Walter Scott
  • 2 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, 250th Anniversary of Birth of Sir Walter Scott
Description

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.

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright, and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and Scottish literature. Famous titles include The Lady of the Lake (narrative poem) and the novels Waverley, Old Mortality (or The Tale of Old Mortality), Rob Roy, The Heart of Mid-Lothian, The Bride of Lammermoor, and Ivanhoe.

Although primarily remembered for his extensive literary works and his political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, and throughout his career combined his writing and editing work with his daily occupation as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire.

Scott's knowledge of history, and his facility with literary technique, made him a seminal figure in the establishment of the historical novel genre, as well as an exemplar of European literary Romanticism. His impact can also be felt in the modern English language. Fond of adapting colloquial phrases, many of the unique expressions come from Scott’s works. These include ‘caught red-handed’, ‘cold shoulder’, ‘blood is thicker than water’, ‘flotsam and jetsam’, and ‘tongue in cheek’.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewelry has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark

ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·2 POUNDS·
J.C

Reverse

Depicts Walter Scott in a portrait alongside lettering, date below. The letters are a combination of distinctive Gothic lettering from the chapel at Abbotsford alongside some lettering used by Scott in the entrance to his home. The portrait was inspired by the sculpture of Scott that sits within his monument on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Engraver: Stephen Raw

250th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH
Sir
Walter
Scott
NOVELIST
HISTORIAN
POET
SR
2021

Edge

Depicts a phrase from Walter Scott's poetry 'The Lady of the Lake' (1810).

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Gold Plated Silver
Center Silver
Weight 24 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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