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This page addresses the gold two pound coins that have been issued since 1980. For double sovereigns (i.e. gold 2 pound coins pre-1980) please go here - double sovereign.

A quick recap of the double sovereign page: Prior to 1980, two pound gold coins / double sovereigns were issued in presentation as proofs - although some of these coins did enter circulation. Most of the double sovereigns made 1823-1980, with the exception of 1824, 1825, 1826, and 1831, featured the famous reverse design by Benedetto Pistrucci of St. George and the Dragon. [1]



After the 1937 gold proof double sovereign of George V, 1937, there was no coin with the value of two pounds issued for a long time. A 1953 gold proof was created, however these were not released to the public and the few specimens that exist are extremely valuable - listed in Coincraft as £75,000.

Fast forward to 1980: Gold proof two pound coins begin to be issued almost every year. Note that many of these coins (from 1986 onwards), especially the "commemorative" issues (i.e. non-George and Dragon) were identical versions, in gold, of cupro-nickel two pound coins that formed part of the everyday currency. More than one commemorative coin was issued in some years, as well as the regular "George and Dragon" variety. Proofs in silver of some of these coins were also minted and these of course are much less expensive. Here is a chart of the gold proof two pound coins from 1980 onwards:

Gold Two Pound Coins From 1980 Onwards

Year: Obverse Design: Reverse Design: Number Minted: Notes:
1980 QE2 Second Portrait George and Dragon 10,000 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1982 QE2 Second Portrait George and Dragon 2,500 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1983 QE2 Second Portrait George and Dragon 12,500 Includes those sold in sets
1985 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 5,849 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1986 QE2 Third Portrait Thistle encircled by Laurel wreath, superimposed on St. Andrew's Cross. 3,277 Edge Inscription - "XIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCOTLAND 1986"
1987 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 1,801 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1988 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 1,551 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1989 500th Anniversary of the Sovereign, QE2 on Throne Rose, Royal Arms, Crown, "Lombardic Font" 500th Anniversary design 2,000 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1990 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 716 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1991 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 620 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1992 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 476 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1993 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon 414 Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1993 QE2 Third Portrait Bank of England 1694-1994 1000 including approx 300 "Error" obverse die which omits the words "TWO POUNDS" Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1995 QE2 Third Portrait Dove of Peace 2,500 Edge inscription "1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995"
1995 QE2 Third Portrait Flags of United Nations + number 50 17,500 Edge inscription "NATIONS UNITED FOR PEACE 1945-1995"
1996 QE2 Third Portrait George and Dragon Sold in Royal Mint cased proof sets
1996 QE2 Third Portrait Football + 1996 2,098 Edge inscription "TENTH EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP"
1997 QE2 Third Portrait Four concentric circles:Iron age, Industrial revolution, silicon chip, internet. 2,482 Edge inscription "STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS"
1998 QE2 Fourth Portrait George and Dragon
1999 QE2 Fourth Portrait Rugby Ball and stadium 311
2000 QE2 Fourth Portrait George and Dragon
2001 QE2 Fourth Portrait Spark, Morse code radio waves emanating 1,658 (S. 4572) Edge inscription: "WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC... MARCONI 1901"
2002 QE2 Fourth Portrait Four concentric circles:Iron age, Industrial revolution, silicon chip, internet. Issued as part of proof sets
2002 QE2 Fourth Portrait Shield 8,000
2002 QE2 Fourth Portrait Runner winning race XVII Commonwealth Games. Four flag variations - England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland 315 (S. 4573-4576) Edge inscription: "SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP. MANCHESTER 2002"
2003 QE2 Fourth Portrait George and Dragon
2003 QE2 Fourth Portrait DNA Double Helix 1,500 (S.4577) Edge inscription - "DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID"
2004 QE2 Fourth Portrait George and Dragon
2004 QE2 Fourth Portrait Trevithick's Steam Engine - "R.TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004" 1,500 Patterned edge.
2005 QE2 Fourth Portrait New Design St. George and Dragon
2005 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1605-2005, circular arrangement of Mace, Crosier and Sword 914 Edge inscription - "REMEMBER REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER"
2005 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1945-2005 St. Paul's Cathedral with searchlights 1,578 single, 1,346 in sets Edge inscription - "IN VICTORY MAGNANIMITY IN PEACE GOODWILL"
2006 QE2 Fourth Portrait George and Dragon
2006 QE2 Fourth Portrait Isambard Kingdom Brunel with bridge and wheel 1,500 Edge inscription - "1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL ENGINEER"
2006 QE2 Fourth Portrait BRUNEL with roof of Paddington Station 1,500 Edge inscription - "SO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE"
2007 QE2 Fourth Portrait George and Dragon
2007 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1707-2007 Centre circle divided into four quarters; portcullis in two circles, rose and thistle in alternate two. 750 Edge inscription - "UNITED INTO ONE KINGDOM"
2007 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1807 with broken chain, inscription "AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE" 1,000 Edge inscription - "AM I NOT A MAN, AND A BROTHER"
2008 QE2 Fourth Portrait Running track with "LONDON OLYMPIC CENTENARY" 3000 250 also included in boxed set with "handover" coin listed below.
2008 QE2 Fourth Portrait BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012 Olympic Games Handover Ceremony with two hands and flag. 1908 250 also included in boxed set with "centenary" coin listed above.
2009 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1809 DARWIN 2009 w/ Darwin and chimp facing each other 1,000
2009 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1759-1796 ROBERT BURNS "We'll tak a cup a'kindness yet, for auld lang syne." 1,000
2010 QE2 Fourth Portrait "1820 FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE 1910" with hands in center circle 1,000
2011 QE2 Fourth Portrait King James Bible 1611-2011 "In the beginning was the Word" in Gothic type 1,000 Red gold outer circle and yellow gold inner circle. Edge inscription - "THE AUTHORISED VERSION"
2011 QE2 Fourth Portrait "The Mary Rose" with image of the ship 1,511 Edge inscription - "YOUR NOBLEST SHIPPE 1511" 22ct gold, 15.976g, 28.40mm
2012 QE2 Fourth Portrait 1812-1870 Charles Dickens profile made from Dickens' book titles 850 Edge inscription "SOMETHING WILL TURN UP"



References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_pounds_(British_gold_coin)
Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins (1998 ed.)
[2] Spink - Coins of England and the United Kingdom
[3] http://www.taxfreegold.co.uk/fivepoundsinfo.html





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