On 18 July, a new £2 coin depicting Jane Austen is being released to a handful of locations across the UK to commemorate 200 years since her death. But could it be the next coin to be worth a mint?
The coin will be released in locations that hold strong connections with Austen’s life – Winchester and Basingstoke – and there’s currently no figure given by the Royal Mint on how many will enter circulation. This has excited quite a few coin collectors.
- Commonwealth Games Wales: In total, 2.5 million Commonwealth Games coins were issued, but the mintages for each of the four designs range from 485,500 to 771,500.
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- New £2 coins 2018. This year has been a big one for collectible change, and has already seen the release of 26 rare A-Z of Britain 10p coins and four new Peter Rabbit 50p coins. A series of new commemorative £2 coin designs will be released over the next 18 months, so keep your eyes peeled!
But there’s no guarantee that the Jane Austen coin will be worth a small fortune like some of the others we’ve found in circulation. So with this in mind, you could still be in line for a cash windfall from some of the unique £2 designs that can be found in your change.
Find your coin in the full list of Great Britain 2 Pounds coins with photos, prices and values using easy filtering by country, denomination, metal, category and year. The Royal Mint has no plans to make new 2p or £2 coins for the next 10 years. A coin mountain lies in storage as demand has dropped, in contrast to banknotes. The issue was revealed in a.
The rarest and most valuable £2 coins
The most valuable is the Northern Ireland 2002 Commonwealth Games coin, deemed the rarest of all the 37 £2 coins currently in circulation.
It is the only coin to have a mintage of less than 500,000 and is currently selling on eBay for around £40.
It belongs to a group of four coins that celebrate the Home Nations’ – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’s – participation in the games.
These four all look identical, except for a minor change – the image of the respective flag of the nation included on the front of the coin which is shown next to a running athlete trailing a banner behind.
The gallery below shows some of the rarest £2 coins in circulation. They are:
- Top row(L-R): Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002, Olympic Handover 2008, Olympic Centenary 2008
- Middle row (L-R): King James Bible 2011, Mary Rose 2011, Olympic Handover 2012
- Bottom row (L-R): 2 x 150 years of the Underground 2013, First World War 2015
How can I find a rare £2 coin?
Between 485,000 and 770,000 of these coins were minted to commemorate the games in Manchester, although the number in circulation is likely to be lower. Royal Mint believes that around 75% of Olympic 50ps have disappeared from circulation due to collectors holding onto them.
If this figure is accurate, you could have a 1 in 4,000 chance of finding a 2012 Commonwealth Northern Ireland coin.
Other coins that are selling above face value celebrate a diverse range of sporting events, the British military and transport. These include the Olympics, Henry VII’s warship the Mary Rose, the King James Bible and the London Tube.
The most valuable coin in circulation remains the Kew Gardens 50p, which has a mintage figure of just 210,000.
Our graph below shows all the 37 £2 coins that could be found in your spare change, and how many are in circulation.
What do I do if I have a valuable £2 coin?
If you think you’re onto a ‘kerching’ moment, the first step to take is to ask the Royal Mint if the coin is real or fake.
They’ll usually provide a letter to confirm. If it’s legitimate, you can sell it at auction, online or via a coin dealer.
As we celebrate the arrival of the New Year, at Change Checker HQ we’re also celebrating the arrival of new coins – The 2021 Annual Coins!
We can’t wait to reveal to you the new 2021 coin designs and I’m sure you’ll agree that there are some really fantastic coins to look forward to.
So let’s kick off the year with the coins we’ve all been waiting for, the 2021 Annual Set…
Decimal Day 50p
This year marks the 50th anniversary since Decimal Day on the 15th February 1971 and to celebrate the biggest change our UK coinage has ever seen, a brand new 50p has been issued.
In commemoration of the anniversary, this brand new 50p, designed by Dominique Evans, features the original Machin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, which featured on the very first 50p back in 1969.
The 50p has become the most-collected and best-loved decimal coin since its introduction and given the significance of this anniversary, I’m sure this 50p will prove very popular with collectors.
John Logie Baird 50p
It’s hard to imagine life without television but back in the 1920s, it was a complete unknown.
That was until John Logie Baird successfully produced televised objects in outline in 1924, transmitted recognizable human faces in 1925, and demonstrated the televising of moving objects in 1926. This was the very first-time that television had become a reality and it shaped the world that we live in today.
This brand new 50p, designed by Osborne Ross, celebrates the life and works of this remarkable British inventor, electrical engineer, and innovator.
H. G. Wells £2
Herbert George Wells was an English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian best known for his science fiction novels The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.
In the year marking the 75th anniversary of his death, this brand new £2 coin has been issued, feature a design which pays a fitting tribute to his famous novels, with a depiction of the Invisible Man and a Martian encircled by clock numerals.
The inscription also reads one of his famous quotes, “GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS”. We love Chris Costello’s design and we hope you do too!
Sir Walter Scott £2
2021 commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of novelist, historian, and poet, Sir Walter Scott.
He is considered both the inventor and the greatest practitioner of the historical novel.
The coin, designed by Stephen Raw, features the text: “SIR WALTER SCOTT NOVELIST HISTORIAN POET” encircled by the inscription “250TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH” and the year date.
Excitingly, this coin also features the edge inscription, “THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE”, a quote from his epic poem, ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’.
Queens Elizabeth II 95th Birthday £5
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This year, our Queen will celebrate her 95th birthday and to celebrate, The Royal Mint has issued this £5 coin.
The coin features a design by Timothy Noad, of the Royal Cypher and the inscription “MY HEART AND MY DEVOTION” alongside the date of the Queen’s birth and the year 2021.
In 2016, a £5 coin was issued to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday and it proved incredibly popular with collectors, as she became the first British monarch to reach their 90th birthday. As she reaches another significant milestone, I’m sure this celebratory coin will prove just as, if not more popular!
The announcement of the new annual coins is always an exciting moment for Change Checkers, particularly when the anniversaries are as significant as these.
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