The second in a three-coin series from The Royal Mint, this Two Pound coin celebrates 250 years since Captain James Cook arrived on Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus. From a limited edition presentation of just 350, this two-tone 22 carat gold coin features an attractive reverse by Gary Breeze that forms as single image when viewed with other coins in the Voyage of Discovery Collection. With a total weight of 15.97 grams, this collectible piece is both VAT and Capital Gains Tax exempt. Presented in its original case from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Jody Clark's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II with legend around: 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS'.
Artist: Gary Breeze. Graphical symbol for venus over a stylised sun. Legend around reads 'CAPTAIN JAMES COOK' with dates celebrating the 250th anniversary. Interlinks with other coins in series.
Latin inscription: 'OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS'
Proof coin. Struck in 15.97 grams of 22 carat gold with yellow gold inner circle and red gold outer ring. Diameter: 28.40 millimetres.
One of a presentation of only 350 pieces. Offered in its original gift box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
Precious Metal Content:
Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
£2 / Two Pound
Capital Gains Tax Status:
New / Pre-owned:
Proof - Boxed with certificate of authenticity
Second design in The Royal Mint's Captain Cook series
Coin II - 1769
MInted in 15.97 grams of 22 carat gold
Attractive two-tone yellow and red gold effect
Struck to Proof standard
£2 / Two Pound face value
Inspired by the transit of Venus that Cook observed in Tahiti
Crafted by designed and sculptor Gary Breeze
Obverse features Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II
Capital Gains Tax and VAT exempt
Steeped in more than 1,100 years of history, The Royal Mint supplies all of the United Kingdom's coinage as well as currency for nations around the world. Renown for craftsmanship and thoughtful design, The Royal Mint also produces commemorative coins, favoured by investors and collectors.
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