Circulating mintage: 416,145,838
Years of issue:
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
1 - Common
The new type of £2 coin was introduced in 1997 and featured an innovative bi-metallic design - the first in the history of British coinage. The concentric circles on this design by Bruce Rushin represent mankind's technological evolution from the Iron Age at the centre, to the cogs and wheels in the first ring representing the Industrial Revolution. The next ring symbolises the computer age with a pattern derived from a silicon chip and the final outer ring represents the age of the Internet with a connecting web of lines. This design has been used on £2 coins every year from 1997 to date.
Edge Inscription: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS