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New UK £2 coin celebrates the world’s most famous locomotive – Flying Scotsman
A brand new UK £2 coin has been issued celebrating the world’s most famous locomotive – Flying Scotsman.
To commemorate its centenary year, The Royal Mint featured a design of Flying Scotsman in motion on the reverse of the £2, by John Bergdahl.
This coin was issued in the 2023 Commemorative Coin Set. But, this is the first time collectors have been able to get their hands on the individual coin!
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Flying Scotsman £2 celebrates poignant anniversary
If you’re lucky enough to have ever travelled on the famous locomotive, you’ll know just how impressive its engineering is – a true symbol of Britain’s great age of steam.
Built in 1923 at Doncaster Works, Flying Scotsman was the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).
It joined Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the LNER at that time.
It coined its name after the daily 10.00 London to Edinburgh rail service which started in 1862.
The British Empire Exhibition made Flying Scotsman famous when it first appeared in 1924.
Record-breaking steam power
1934 saw Flying Scotsman clock 100pm on a special test run, officially making it the first locomotive in the UK to reach that speed.
This was crucial in the negation of LNER’s directors plans to use diesel power on its high-speed services – proving steam power was just as punchy!
After a restoration project in 2006, Flying Scotsman broke yet another record. It returned as a working museum exhibit making it the oldest mainline working locomotive on Britain’s tracks.
Flying Scotsman is certainly the world’s most famous locomotive. Despite being retired from regular transportation duties, it still attracts hundreds of thousands of fans at every location it visits.
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Popular Train and Locomotive Coin Issues
The brand new Flying Scotsman £2 follows in some very big footsteps.
2013 London Underground Roundel £2
In 2013, The Royal Mint marked 100 years of the London Underground with two £2 coins.
This was the first to be issued and features the iconic Underground roundel, designed by Edwina Ellis.
The Tube has 11 lines covering 402 km and serving 272 stations, handling up to five million passenger journeys a day.
2013 London Underground Train £2
The second coin in The Royal Mint’s London Underground series shows a design of the iconic Tube, appearing through a tunnel.
The inscription reads ‘1863 – London Underground – 2013’.
Just 1,690,000 of these £2 coins entered circulation, making it somewhat tricky to get your hands on.
2004 Steam Locomotive £2
This £2 coin was issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary since the development of Richard Trevithick’s ‘Pennydarren‘ – the first steam engine locomotive.
The Pennydarren started the growth of railway transportation in the 19th century.
It travelled from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales to Abercynon on its first journey in 1804, carrying 10 tons of iron, 5 wagons and 70 people on the 9 mile trip.
Celebrate Flying Scotsman’s 100 years of history with this brand new UK £2
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