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2004 First Steam Locomotive Two Pound Brilliant Uncirculated Coin In Folder

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The pioneer of high-pressure steam power, Richard Trevithick, is celebrated on this pre-owned brilliant uncirculated Two Pound coin from The Royal Mint, which marks 200 years since his steam locomotive made its groundbreaking journey on the Merthyr Tydfil Tramroad in Wales. Steam engines had been used periodically before 1804, but were often unreliable and unwieldy. Trevithick had built his revolutionary steam engine in 1802 and mounted it on wheels to make a locomotive. He sold the patent to Samuel Homfray, who in 1804 made a bet with ironmaster Richard Crawshay that Trevithick's steam engine could haul ten tons of iron along the Merthyr Tydfil Tramroad. Amid much fanfare from the general public, on the 21st February, 1804 the locomotive successfully carried ten tons of iron, five wagons and 70 men the full distance of 9¾ miles in just over four hours. Homfray ended up 500 guineas richer, and a new era in mass transport had begun. The reverse design by Robert Lowe shows Trevithick's' locomotive 'Pen-y-darren' which was named after the ward where the engine began its first journey. On the obverse is Ian Rank-Broadley's regal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Specifications of this collectable UK coin are a weight of 12.00 grams and a diameter of 28.40 millimetres. It's issued in the original limited edition packaging from The Royal Mint and is struck twice during production to give a brilliant uncirculated finish.
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Obverse

Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Fourth official effigy of the Queen on UK coinage. Inscription: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·'.

Reverse

Robert Lowe's design of a steam engine sitting in a frame of a cogwheel, representing the Industrial Revolution which the new technology kick started. Inscription: 'R. TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION · INDUSTRY · PROGRESS 2004'.

Edge

The edge is milled, with a special incuse railway line motif.

Specification

Weight: 12.00 grams. Diameter: 28.40 millimetres. Face value: Two Pounds / £2. Alloy: cupro-nickel / nickel brass. Finish: brilliant uncirculated.

Presentation

Offered in Royal Mint coin sleeve, which is the original packaging. Limited edition presentation.

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