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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International Women’s Day! Remarkable Women Celebrated on UK Coins…

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

To celebrate, in this blog we take a closer look at just some of the incredible women who have been commemorated on our UK coins!

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest reigning monarch and the fourth longest reigning monarch in worldwide history!

There have been some incredible coins celebrating Her Majesty, including the recently issued Platinum Jubilee 50p coin – the UK’s FIRST Royal 50p!

This 50p features a reverse design by agency Osborne Ross but, what’s particularly special about this coin is that TWO versions have actually been created…

One includes an obverse design by John Bergdahl featuring the Queen on horseback (pictured left) and the other includes Jody Clark’s obverse of the Queen’s portrait.

QEII is arguably the most loved and respected monarch our country has ever seen so it’s only right on the day we honour the achievements of women throughout history, that we dedicate a portion to Her Majesty.

Dame Vera Lynn

Coined as the ‘Forces Sweetheart’, singer Dame Vera Lynn rose to fame in 1940 with her wartime songs, White Cliffs of Dover, and We’ll Meet Again.

Vera Lynn spent time travelling the world, singing to soldiers who were fighting on front lines.

She risked her life to inspire others when they needed it most and provided comfort to those of wouldn’t survive to return home.

Sadly, in 2020, we received the news that Dame Vera Lynn had passed away. She touched the lives of so many, that Her Majesty the Queen sent a private message of condolence to Dame Vera’s family.

In 2022, The Royal Mint commemorated Dame Vera Lynn’s life and achievements with this brand new £2 coin. Featuring a portrait of the famous singer on the reverse, this £2 is the perfect tribute to one of the UK’s most inspirational women.

Mary Anning

Mary Anning was one of Britain’s greatest fossil hunters and her discoveries were some of the most important geological finds of all time.

Her discoveries of spectacular marine reptiles prompted the scientific community to begin further investigation into explanations for changes in the natural world.

In 2021, a new 50p series was issued to commemorate Anning by The Royal Mint.

These 50p coins, issued in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, feature designs of the Temnodontosaurus, Plesiosaurus and, Dimorphodon – all prehistoric giants discovered by Anning on the Jurassic Coast!

A truly inspiring woman, who pushed for her passion, making important historic discoveries and changes as a result.

Rosalind Franklin

English chemist, Rosalind Franklin sits right at the very heart of the story of DNA.

Her ground-breaking research and inspiring work ethic were central to the discovery of the helical structure of DNA, which was later publicised by Watson and Crick.

Tragically, at the age of just 37, Franklin passed away from ovarian cancer, robbing her of the same awards and recognitions that her colleagues were gifted.

But in 2020, to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday, she also became the second scientist to be celebrated in The Royal Mint’s Innovation in Science series.

The reverse design of this coin, by David Knapton, features a depiction of her famous Photograph 51, which enabled her to discover the structure of DNA in her laboratory in Cambridge.

Agatha Christie

After the end of the First World War, Christie published her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles

This incredibly popular story introduced readers to one of Christie’s most famous characters – Belgian detective Hercule Poirot*.

Writing well into her later years, Christie wrote more than 70 detective novels as well as short fiction which have been adapted into films, television, and radio programmes.

In 1971, she was made a Dame of the British Empire for her outstanding contribution to Literature.

In 2020, to mark 100 years since her first publication, The Royal Mint celebrated the world’s best-selling novelist with a £2 coin.

David Lawrence’s design of this coin pays homage to Christie’s crime novels, with a piece of a jigsaw slotting into place and her signature at the bottom.


There really have been some incredible women celebrated on our UK coins, and this is just a small selection.

Is there an influential women you’d like to see on our coins in the future? Let us know in the comments below!


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‘Forces Sweetheart’, Dame Vera Lynn, commemorated on UK £2 coin

Wartime singer Dame Vera Lynn commemorated on UK £2 coin. 
A portrait of Dame Vera Lynn features on the reverse and the years of her life and her name appear as an inscription.
To the right of the reverse, the obverse of the coin shows, featuring the fifth portrait of Her Majesty by Jody Clark and the year 2022.
Both reverse and obverse set against a newspaper style background which print the words, 'Dame Vera Lynn'.

In 2020, we received the sad news that Dame Vera Lynn had sadly passed away. The iconic wartime singer was famous for boosting the morale of British troops during WWII.

Coined as the ‘forces sweetheart’, her renditions of We’ll Meet Again, the White Cliffs of Dover and I’ll be Seeing You, became synonyms with wartime.

Dame Vera Lynn played such a key role during wartime that Buckingham Palace sent a private message of condolence to her family.

And in 2022, to commemorate her life and achievements, The Royal Mint commemorates her on a brand new £2 coin.

Designed by The Royal Mint, this £2 features a detailed portrait of Vera Lynn as she appeared during the height of her fame.

The popularity of her songs carried across generations. In 2020, when many of us were forced apart from one another, her famous song ‘We’ll Meet Again’ spoke to the nation once more, with a similar level of emotion as they did in 1940 – a testament to her charm, skill, and beautiful voice.

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To learn more about other UK coins which have been issued to commemorate wartime, continue reading…


2020 Victory in Europe £2

2020 marked 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, commonly known as VE Day.

This monumental day signified the end of the Second World War in Europe and brought long-awaited peace following Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of armed forces on the 8th May 1945.

To commemorate this pivotal moment and one of the most historically significant days in British history, a UK £2 coin was issued.

Dominique Evans‘ design features a woman holding a newspaper aloft in crowd of celebrating people, set against a backdrop of the word VICTORY.

The edge inscription reads ‘JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW’ which is incredibly fitting for a coin which marks such a historic anniversary.

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2019 D-Day £2

In 2019, The Royal Mint issued a £2 coin commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history.

The invasion took place on the 6th June 1944 and began the liberation of German occupied France and laid the foundations for the Allied Victory.

Initially issued as part of the 2019 Annual Coin Set, the D-Day £2 is favoured among collectors for its innovative design by Stephen Taylor.

The reverse features arrows pointing across the English Channel to Normandy; each arrow has one of the five code-names for the beaches where Allied Troops landed: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

2005 St. Paul’s Cathedral £2

In 2005, The Royal Mint issued a second £2 in the new bi-metallic specifications to commemorate 60 years since the end of the war.

The 2005 VE Day £2 coin.

On 8th May 1945, Winston Churchill announced VE DayVictory in Europe, which marked the end of World War Two.

Interestingly, the reverse design depicts St. Paul’s Cathedral. This is because the cathedral was one of only a few structures which survived the Blitz to become a great symbol of hope to a war-torn nation.

The edge inscription reads ‘IN VICTORY: MAGNANIMITY, IN PEACE: GOODWILL’ which is part of the famous maxim that prefaces Churchill’s history of the Second World War.

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The 2022 UK Dame Vera Lynn £2.