The incredible life and legacy of British physician, Edward Jenner, has been celebrated on a brand new UK £2 coin!
Plus, this brand new coin release becomes the first individual King Charles III £2 to be issued in the UK!
Edward Jenner celebrated on new UK £2
Physician to King George, Jenner pioneered the creation of vaccines and created the smallpox vaccine – the world’s first vaccine! His incredible work led to the worldwide eradication of smallpox, a huge feat in Britain’s history.
This UK issue also marks 200 years since his passing, and becomes the second £2 coin in The Royal Mint’s Innovation in Science series.
On the reverse of the coin, Henry Gray’s unique design represents Edward Jenner’s crucial contribution to the world of vaccines. Plus, personally approved by His Majesty the King, Martin Jennings’ King Charles III effigy adorns the obverse.
What’s more, as this is the first individual UK £2 coin to feature King Charles III’s portrait, it’s likely to be increasingly sought-after by collectors…
So don’t miss out on adding the 2023 UK Edward Jenner £2 to your collection! Order yours today in Brilliant Uncirculated quality for £9.50 (+p&p) – click here to order yours >>
Alexander Graham Bell £2
This new release follows the Alexander Graham Bell £2 coin in The Royal Mint’s science series. Initially released in the 2022 Annual Coin Set, this issue saw huge popularity – find out more here >>
And, with a design depicting buttons of a telephone with a message hidden amongst the keypad letters, it’s no surprise that it was voted Change Checker’s favourite 2022 Annual Coin Design!
Stephen Hawking 50p
But the Alexander Graham Bell £2 wasn’t the first UK science coin to capture collectors’ attention. The Stephen Hawking 50p, issued in 2019, saw worldwide interest and SOLD OUT at The Royal Mint within mere hours of release!
And, not only was this popular science 50p rumoured to be a favourite of the Queen’s, but it’s no longer available at The Royal Mint. Find out more on the blog here >>
If you’d like to get your hands on the fascinating coins in the Innovation in Science series, make sure you check out the range on our shop >>
UK 2023 Edward Jenner £2
Not only are we excited to see a brand new Innovation in Science £2 added to the popular series, but the FIRST EVER individually released £2 to feature King Charles III’s effigy!
The Royal Mint has JUST revealed the mintage figures for all UK circulation coins and it confirms a £2 coin entered circulation!
It’s fantastic to see that a £2 coin entered circulation in 2021 – the Britannia £2!
So, we’ve updated our £2 Mintage Figure chart to show you where this new coin ranks…
New £2 Coin in Circulation
We wouldn’t normally combine definitive and commemorative mintage figures into one chart, however the comparative figures give us an interesting insight into the diversity of the change in our pocket.
The Britannia £2 coin entered circulation in 2021, after a 4 year break.
6,045,000 entered circulation, meaning we stand a good chance of finding one in our change!
And, it looks as though we have some 2021 dated definitive coins to hunt down in our change…
- Nations of the Crown £1: 21,760,000
- Royal Shield 20p: 19,600,000
- Royal Shield 10p: 71,200,000
- Royal Shield 5p: 28,000,000
- Royal Shield 2p: 117,700,000
- Royal Shield 1p: 56,000,000
50p Mintage Figures
Sadly, no 50p coins entered circulation in 2021, meaning our mintage figure chart won’t be updated until we get the confirmed mintages for the 2022 50p coins.
What about the Olympic 50ps?
In 2012, the Olympic 50p coins entered circulation and it kick-started a collecting frenzy across the nation.
It’s estimated that around 75% of these coins have been removed from circulation by collectors which means they are incredibly sought-after, especially considering these 50ps have some of the lowest mintage figures in circulation…
Taking these rare 50ps into consideration, the 2018 Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny coins would sit in joint sixth position, below the Kew Gardens, Football, Wrestling, Judo and Triathlon 50ps.
Have you been lucky enough to find any of the 2021 circulation coins in your change?
It’s always exciting when new mintage figures are revealed and you realise just how rare the change in your pocket really is!
If you’re interested in coin collecting, our Change Checker web app is completely free to use and allows users to:
– Find and identify the coins in their pocket
– Collect and track the coins they have
– Swap their spare coins with other Change Checkers
It’ll only take you a minute…
The iconic UK definitive bi-metallic £2 has just been re-issued by The Royal Mint, celebrating 25 years since it first entered circulation!
This brand new coin follows the design of the first definitive £2, the Technology £2. But eagle-eyed collectors will spot some very special features on this new issue…
25 years of our bi-metallic £2 celebrated with a new lenticular feature
In the centre of the original Technology £2, you’ll see the central lenticular area transform from four separate scrolls into eight intertwined scrolls, representing the Iron Age.
But, instead of eight scrolls, this re-issued bi-metallic £2 reveals the number ‘25’ when tilted – a clever way of celebrating the anniversary!
Last QEII Commemorative Bi-Metallic £2
The 25th anniversary of the £2 coin is confirmed to be the last UK commemorative bi-metallic £2 coin which features an effigy of Her Late Majesty.
This is sure to make this coin even more sought-after, as collectors rush to find the last UK coins with Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on them.
As well as the unique lenticular feature, this brand new £2 also features a special dual-date.
Featuring the original 1997 date on the reverse, and the 2022 date on the obverse, this coin becomes one of just a handful of UK coins to have a dual-date on its design.
Special Privy Mark
The obverse not only features Jody Clark’s QEII portrait, but also includes a special privy mark in the form of the central Iron Age circle.
Sell out history
Plus, this year has already seen £2 coin SELL OUTS. On the day the 150th Anniversary of the FA Cup £2 launched, limited edition specifications SOLD OUT within mere hours!
The favourite UK £2 coin – voted by you!
Earlier this year, we asked Change Checkers which bi-metallic £2 design was their favourite. Can you guess which one came out on top? Find out here >>
The Scarcest Bi-metallic £2 coins
Plenty of popular bi-metallic £2 coin designs have gone into circulation since 1997, but the most scarce £2 coin is the 2002 Commonwealth Games NI £2.
With a mintage figure of just 485,500, this coin is particularly hard to spot in your change. Find out more about this coin here >>
You may also spot £2 ‘errors’ in your change too, although these are very rare. They can occur when striking the bi-metallic coins, which has a very specific process. If you’d like to learn more about error and mis-strike coins, click here >>
The re-issued bi-metallic £2 coin is sure to be a hit with collectors. What is your favourite £2 from the last 25 years?