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1994 First Bicolour Bimetallic Trial Piece Two Pound Brilliant Uncirculated Coin In Folder

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£159.97
In 1994, The Royal Mint experimented with a bimetallic Two Pound coin, with the intention of releasing a version into circulating coinage. A version of this coin was subsequently released into general circulation in 1997 and became the first ever bi-metallic British coin issued. In 1998, the Mint released 4,500 of the 1994 trial £2 pattern coins to the general public. However, they’re not legal tender due to the fact they were not officially authorised to be released as currency, hence the absence of a face value and the “pattern” description. These pattern coins are struck to a “brilliant uncirculated” standard, appealing to collectors, and are housed in an informative slip case which details the production method used in their manufacture. The reverse of the coin shows a wooden ship at sea. The galleon is unnamed, and it mimics the ship seen on halfpenny coins dated between 1937 and 1967. The obverse features the third UK coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Ralphael Maklouf. Specifications of the coin are a bimetallic alloy of cupronickel in the centre and a nickel-brass outer ring, a total weight of 12 grams and a total diameter of 28.4 millimetres. A very rare pattern coin, which is a must have for any Two Pound coin collectors.
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Obverse

Ralphael Maklouf's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the third definitive coin portrait of The Queen. The rest reads: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D ·'.

Reverse

The reverse shows a three-masted galleon ship at sea. It was designed by Christopher Ironside. The text reads: 'ROYAL MINT TRAIL 1994'.

Edge

The edge is milled and engraved with the following text: 'DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI XLXVI'.

Specification

Weight: 12.00 grams. Diameter: 28.4 grams. Cupro-nickel / nickel-brass alloy. BUnc pattern coin with no face value.

Presentation

Housed in an informative Royal Mint coin sleeve with interesting information on the manufacturing method used to produce bimetallic £2 coins. From a sought-after limited edition presentation of just 4,500.

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