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1996 Celebration of Football £2 Gold Proof

UK96CFGP 1996 Celebration of Football £2 Gold Proof Reverse
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Limited edition gold proof Celebration of Football Two Pound. Released by The Royal Mint in the run up to the 1996 UEFA European Championships which was hosted by England. The competition - known informally as the Euros - has been held every four years since 1960. The England team didn’t win Euro 96 and has never taken home the trophy but this hasn’t stopped this commemorative £2 from becoming popular among sporting fans and collectors of British coins. It bears a reverse crafted by sculptor John Wills. In a simple but instantly recognisable design, the coin shows the image of a football – the unusual dished effect adding to the effect. The date ‘1996’ sits in the centre of the ball, and is surrounded by sixteen small rings symbolising each team that would participate in the finals. The edge inscription reads ‘THE TENTH EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP’. The obverse shows Queen Elizabeth II in her third definitive portrait by Raphael Maklouf. 17,500 of these football coins were struck in gold. The collectors piece is composed of 15.98 grams of 22 carat gold. It’s finished to proof standard with multiple strikes of specially prepared dies. You’ll receive your gold proof Celebration of Football £2 in its original box with a certificate of authenticity from The Royal Mint.
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Obverse 

Third portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf. Legend: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS'.

Reverse

Designed by John Mills. Football inspired, central pentagon inscribed: '1996'. Centre surrounded by 16 small rings.

Specification

15.98 grams of 22 carat gold. Diameter: 28.40 millimetres. Struck to proof standard.

Presentation

From a limited mintage 17,500 coins, presented in its original packaging from The Royal Mint with a certificate of authenticity.

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