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1998 Shoulders Of Giants Technology Definitive Two Pound Piedfort Silver Proof Coin

1998 Shoulders Of Giants Technology Definitive £2 Piedfort Silver Proof Boxed
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The new bi-metallic Two Pound coin was first struck in 1997 before it was introduced to currency in 1998. The first struck carry Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of The Queen which is the third official effigy used on British decimal currency, while the 1998 versions such as this Piedfort example 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, the silicon chip, 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 24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver, this double thickness 1998 edition is from a limited mintage of 7,646 coins. The outer ring is plated with fine gold. Offered in its original box with a certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Raphael Maklouf. Third official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS'.

Reverse

Concentric circles depicting advances in technology from Iron Age to Internet Age. Legend: 'TWO POUNDS · 1998'. Artist: Bruce Rushin.

Edge

Edge inscription: 'STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS'.

Specification

Proof finish coin. 24.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with band of fine gold plating. Diameter 28.40 millimetres. Face value £2 / Two Pound.

Presentation

One of 7,646 in this presentation. Presented in the original box with its numbered certificate of authenticity. 

Condition

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