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1997 Shoulders Of Giants Technology Definitive Two Pound Silver Proof Coin

1997 First Year Bimetallic £2 Silver Proof Boxed
The new bi-metallic Two Pound coin was first struck in 1997 before it was introduced to currency in 1998. These first struck coins carry Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of The Queen which is the third official effigy used on British decimal currency, while the later 1998 versions use Ian Rank-Broadley’s fourth portrait of Her Majesty which was used between 1997 and 2015. The Royal Mint celebrated the release of one of the first bi-metallic designs in hundreds of years with this gold plated silver proof coin. This coin bears the same design as contemporary general circulation cupronickel £2 coins. The reverse shows Bruce Rushin’s intricate technology-inspired design. Despite having no previous experience in coin design, Rushin won a public competition to design the new £2. The pattern represents innovation down the centuries, from the Iron Age through to the Industrial Revolution and the era of the internet. The edge inscription reads ‘STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS’, taken from a letter by Isaac Newton. Struck in 12.00 grams of .925 sterling silver, this 1998 edition is from a limited mintage of 29,910 coins. The outer ring is plated with fine gold. Offered in its original box with a certificate of authenticity.
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Third portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf. Running continuously around the effigy: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D ·'.


Technology inspired design by Bruce Rushin. Above: 'TWO POUNDS'; below: '1997'.


12.00 grams of .925 sterling silver, outer ring plated with fine gold. Diameter: 28.40 millimetres. Struck to proof standard.


From a limited mintage of 29,910 coins, presented in its original packaging from The Royal Mint with a certificate of authenticity.


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