25 Years of the Bi-Metallic £2! Vote for your favourite design…

After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1994, it emerged that there was a requirement for a £2 coin to enter general circulation.

After extensive consultation, it was decided this would be a bi-colour coin, making it easily distinguishable from the other coins in circulation.

Originally, the intention was to issue the £2 coin in November 1997. However, concerns emerged from the vending industry over their size. The £2 coin was eventually launched on 15 June 1998, with millions of the coin released into circulation.

Since then we’ve seen over 35 different designs enter circulation!

And in 2022, the bi-metallic £2 coin celebrates its 25th birthday!

£2 coin vote – winning design revealed!

We asked you to vote for your favourite bi-metallic £2 coin design and the results are in!

The results of our £2 coin design vote are in!

Our winning coin design is the Great Fire of London £2, taking an impressive 17% of all votes! This coin was issued in 2016 to mark the 350th anniversary of one of the most well-known disasters to hit London.

However, three years after this coin was issued into circulation, it was revealed that its mintage figure was mistakenly listed and the coin is in fact rarer than once thought…

The previous figure of 5,135,000 meant this coin was fairly common but the updated figure of 1,625,000, makes this coin one of the rarest £2 coins in circulation!

Did your favourite coin design make the top 5? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Phil Smith on June 18, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Each £2 coin has it’s own identity and style but for me it’s got to be THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON. So much detail on the coin it’s quite beautiful to look at but each coin is amazing to me. Never play with matches in London… lol

  2. Eileen Bartlett on June 18, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    For me it just has to be the Commonwealth Games. It’s outstanding.

  3. Mike Burns on June 16, 2022 at 9:14 am

    I’m agreeing with my 7yr old granddaughter Taya. She loves the ‘Great Fire’ coin and so do I. Gets my vote!

  4. Karl on June 15, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    A nice deep engraving which stands out.

  5. Thomas George Tooley on June 15, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    My favourite £2 coin design is the 2012 Charles Darwin.

    I hope this is where we are meant to place our vote?

  6. John Rollo on June 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I chose the Magna Carta £2 coin. I liked the design and I have a special feeling for it as it was the coin that was the most difficult to aquire.

  7. Rob Wilkinson on June 15, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Mary Rose one of my historical favourites

  8. Nicola Burch on June 15, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I love it when a new design is coming.

  9. James Brooker on June 15, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    This coin is in my opinion the most detailed of the £2 circulation

  10. Keith Winmill on June 15, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    super range of coins but the great fire is the best!

  11. Andy on June 15, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Best coin in the £2 range

  12. Konrad Krawiec on June 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Great fire of London, very nice finished with beautiful details

  13. Mike HEELEY on June 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Simple and super design Iconic

  14. T Brindle on June 15, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Great fire of London. Because of the swirling smoke effect on the coin looks fabulous

    • Paul Seaward on July 12, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      Why don’t we use the original coin take out some of the reverse and make it blank and put in 25 year’s old and a side ingraving of the reason the original design was used …..all the other coins have their own story why take away from the great fire of London and any other coins have their own meaning

  15. Richard McArdle on June 15, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    My vote goes to the Mary Rose

  16. alan rogers on June 15, 2022 at 10:59 am

    need old kew gardens please

  17. George Davies on June 15, 2022 at 10:25 am

    We build ships. We have a top navy.

  18. Kate Murphy on June 15, 2022 at 9:34 am

    I love the side inscription