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The bi-metallic UK £2 coin, the largest circulating coin denomination in the United Kingdom, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022. In celebration, the Royal Mint has struck a special commemorative edition of the coin.
Inspired by the history of technological achievement, Bruce Rushin’s 1997 design features four concentric circles, depicting industrial and technological progress from the Iron Age to the Internet. The ‘Technology’ design features on circulating £2 coins dated 1997 to 2015 and has been released on the new commemorative edition and enhanced with special features in a nod to the anniversary.
The coins were produced before the Queen's death in September, but the Royal Mint said it was not replacing it with the portrait of King Charles III to minimise waste or unnecessary environmental impact. The last time a commemorative, bi-metallic UK £2 coin will feature an effigy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
Center: 0.925 sterling silver
Ring: 0.925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings. It features an ‘iron age’ privy mark to the bottom of the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a tribute to Bruce Rushin’s contribution.
ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·2 POUNDS·2022·
A concentric design symbolically representing technological development from the Iron Age, through the Industrial Revolution and the Electronic Age to the Internet, with the inscription TWO POUNDS above the design and the date below. An oddity of the design is that it depicts nineteen interlocking gears. Because there is an odd number of them, the mechanism could not actually turn (except as a Möbius strip).
The edge inscription taken from a letter by Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke, in which he describes how his work was built on the knowledge of those that had gone before him. "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." (Newton was Warden and later Master of the Royal Mint.)
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS