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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The UK’s First Pride 50p!

The 50th Anniversary of London Pride will be celebrated in July and to mark the event, a brand new UK 50p coin is being issued!

The best news is that The Royal Mint have confirmed 5 million Pride 50ps will be entering circulation! But don’t miss the chance to get ahead of the crowd and own yours now in superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality.

The 2022 UK Pride 50p Coin

The UK’s first Pride 50p has been issued in collaboration with Pride in London and features an original design by artist, writer and LGBTQ+ activist, Dominique Holmes.

The reverse of the coin features 5 rainbows, each accompanied with part of the inscription, “PRIDE PROTEST VISIBILITY UNITY EQUALITY”.

The obverse design features the latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark.

You can secure this brand new coin for your collection for just £4.99 (+p&p) by clicking here >>

Your Pride 50p coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated finish and will be protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging, ready to preserve for generations to come.

This will be the first UK 50p coin issued representing Pride. Previous ‘UK first’ 50p coins have been incredibly popular, so we are anticipating the Pride 50p to be in high demand with collectors.

The UK’s First Beatrix Potter 50p Collection

This 50p coin collection was issued in 2016 to celebrate the much loved author, Beatrix Potter. The collection features four coins each representing a character from Potter’s iconic tales and one honouring Beatrix Potter herself.

The Colour Silver Proof Peter Rabbit 50p coin was so popular that it sold out in a matter of hours and caused The Royal Mint’s website to crash!

Beatrix Potter 50p collection
Beatrix Potter 50p collection

The UK’s First Snowman 50p

2018 The Snowman 50p coin
2018 The Snowman 50p coin

In 2018, The Royal Mint released the first ever commemorative UK Christmas 50p coin, issued to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved festive tale, The Snowman™.

Designed by Natasha Ratcliffe, the coin depicts the boy and the snowman flying through the night sky above Brighton Pier. This coin didn’t enter circulation, but the Silver Proof version sold out within 24 hours of release.

50 Years of Pride

The first London Pride event took place in 1972 and was attended by approximately 2,000 people, the event has grown tremendously since, with over 1.5 million people attending the 2019 London Pride parade.

London Pride 2018
London Pride 2018, Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Pride events take place annually across the globe, however most have been cancelled for the past 2 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Returning in 2022, there will be Pride events taking place across the UK this summer.


Are you looking forward to adding this coin to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!


Secure the 2022 UK Pride 50p for your collection!

The Royal Mint will make a contribution of £40,000 to London LGBT Community Pride C.I.C in connection with this campaign.

Your Pride 50p coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated finish and will be protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging, ready to preserve for generations to come.

The Isle of Man TT is back! Brand new coin collection JUST issued!

The Isle of Man TT (or Tourist Trophy) races have been an annual tradition on the island since the first one in 1907 and attract riders and spectators from around the globe.

The races are coined as one of the most dangerous races in the world, known to motoring enthusiasts as the ‘Ultimate Road Race’.

Isle of Man TT Races 1992, crowd watching as racer comes round the bend.
Isle of Man TT Races 1992. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The races have taken place annually since 1907, only ever cancelled during wartime, the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak and the Covid-19 pandemic.

But this year, the Isle of Man TT races return, with their 101st event!

To celebrate their return after 2 cancelled years, the Isle of Man have issued a collection of brand new coins!

The 2022 Isle of Man TT £2 Coin Pair

The first design features the iconic TT Grandstand which marks the start and end of the race!

The original 1920s wooden Grandstand structure was demolished in 1986 and replaced with a new and improved Grandstand complex, complete with wider lanes, a race communications tower, and seating.

The second £2 coin features a representation of a volunteer TT races marshal waving the chequered flag.

Most TT marshals are volunteers and often motorsports enthusiasts themselves, meaning they can get a little closer to the action, whilst keeping spectators and riders safe.

Previous Isle of Man TT coins have always been a hit with collectors and excitingly 15,000 of each will be released into circulation on the island.

However, with such small mintages compared to their UK counterparts and the fact that they are not legal tender in the UK, you’d have to be incredibly lucky to find one in your change…

Your Isle of Man TT £2 Coin Pair has been struck to a Superior Brilliant Uncirculated condition and carefully encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging.

We only have a small initial allocation, so now’s the time to join the race to secure your Isle of Man TT £2 coins, whilst stocks last!

Click here to own yours for just £25 (+p&p) >>

The 2022 Isle of Man TT Crown Coin

As the excitement builds for the return of the races this year, the Isle of Man have also released a NEW Crown Coin in celebration of the event!

The design features the official TT logo with the outline of the iconic TT race route map, surrounded by a laurel wreath, signifying victory, against a checkered flag background.

What’s more, due to the complexity of the design, this coin features a frosted Brilliant Uncirculated finish to highlight the exquisite detail.

As with the £2 coins, we only have a small initial allocation, so you’ll have to pip the thousands of interested collectors to the post to secure yours.

Secure yours here for JUST £14.99 (+p&p) >>

Isle of Man TT numismatic history

Since the first Isle of Man TT coins were issued in 1981, they have proved incredibly popular amongst collectors and motoring enthusiasts alike, with some selling for over £700 on eBay!

The first Isle of Man TT coin was a 50p which featured famous motorcyclist Joey Dunlop and only 5,000 coins of this design were struck.

Were you lucky enough to find this in your change on the Isle of Man? Let us know in the comments below!

A new TT 50p has been released most years since 1981 by the Isle of Man, however commemorative £2, £5 and Crown coins have also been issued to mark the event, which just goes to show how important and incredibly popular the TT races are.

1981 Joey Dunlop Isle of Man TT 50p
1981 Joey Dunlop Isle of Man TT 50P. Credit: eBay
2018 Mike Hailwood Isle of Man TT £2 Coins
2018 Mike Hailwood Isle of Man TT £2 Coins

These coins were issued in 2018 to celebrate racing legend Mike Hailwood’s 60th year since his first TT race and 40th year since his triumphant return.

Just 3,000 of each coin entered circulation on the Isle of Man and we saw unprecedented demand from collectors looking to add the coins to their British Isles collection.

In 2019, the Isle of Man released two £2 coins marking 112 years since the first TT race in 1907.

The reverse designs feature legendary rider, Steve Hislop, racing the Tourist Trophy track.

Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop is an 11 time winner of the notorious Tourist Trophy races. His extraordinary racing career has cemented him as a hero of the TT mountain circuit.

2019 Steve Hislop Isle of Man TT £2 Coins
2019 Steve Hislop Isle of Man TT £2 Coins

Another famous race that takes place annually on the island, this time for cars, is the Rally Isle of Man.

The Rally Isle of Man – previously known as The Manx Trophy Rally – was first held in 1963 and became a well known event in the British Open Rally Championship.

In 1998, the Isle of Man released the Isle of Man Car Circulation £2 coin featuring three old-style race cars on the track. There are now less than 50 of these remaining, secure yours HERE!


Do you have any Isle of Man TT races coins in your collection? Let us know in the comments below!


Secure the Isle of Man TT Races £2 Coin Pair for your collection!

Your Isle of Man TT £2 Coin Pair has been struck to a Superior Brilliant Uncirculated condition and carefully encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging.

We only have a small initial allocation, so now’s the time to join the race to secure your Isle of Man TT £2 coins, whilst stocks last!

Click here to own yours for just £25 (+p&p) >>