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2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 Silver Proof

UKASTSP 2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 Silver Proof Reverse
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First issued in 2007, this Two Pound coin is a solemn reminder of a dark chapter in British history. During the eighteenth century, the British economy was thriving from the profits gained by enslaving people. In 1778, slavery was declared illegal in Scotland and in 1807 the Slave Trade Abolition Bill was passed in British Parliament, which prohibited the trading of enslaved people while not fully abolishing slavery itself within the British Empire. Twenty six years later, the Slavery Abolition Bill finally made the purchase and ownership of people illegal in the majority of British territory. The 1807 legislation was the foundation for a continued fight against slavery, and to celebrate the bicentenary of this influential Act, The Royal Mint released a special commemorative series of Two Pound coins, including this silver proof edition. It features a design by David Gentleman on the reverse displaying the year 1807, with the 0 acting as a broken link in the chain. The legend reads ‘AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE’ while around the edge is inscribed ‘AM I NOT A MAN, AND A BROTHER’. This is reference to the abolitionist seal used by Josiah Wedgwood’s pottery firm. The powerful design is accompanied on the obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of The Queen. In a standard weight of 12.00 grams, this £2 is struck in .925 sterling silver with a band of fine gold plating around the edge reminiscent of the Two Pounds in your change. It is one of 7,095 coins issued in this presentation, and comes in its original packaging with certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley. Fourth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS'.

Reverse

Year 1807 with 0 acting as a broken link in a chain. Legend reads 'AN ACT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE'. Artist: David Gentleman.

Specification

Proof finish coin. 12.00 grams of .925 sterling silver with band of fine gold plating. Diameter 28.40 millimetres. Face value £2 / Two Pound.

Presentation

One of 7,095 in this presentation. Presented in the original box with its certificate of authenticity. 

Condition

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