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2009 Charles Darwin £2 Piedfort Silver Proof

2009 Charles Darwin £2 Piedfort Silver Proof
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, The Royal Mint released a series of commemorative Two Pound coins, including this Piedfort silver proof example. Darwin was born in Shrewsbury in 1809 and went on to become of the most influential scientists ever. After the influence of a botany professor at Cambridge, Darwin developed a great interest in natural history. In 1831, he was invited to be a naturalist aboard the now famous HMS Beagle on a five year long voyage to South America. During this time, he sent numerous letters and journals back to his professor, which had resulted in wider interest from academia. In 1859, following extensive research, he published his ‘On the Origin of Species by means of natural selection’ which sold out within a day and remains popular. 2009 not only marks the two hundred years sine the naturalist’s birth, but also one hundred and fifty since the publication of his formative book, and the popularisation of the theory of evolution. Artist Suzie Zamit used two profiles for her design on the reverse of this commemorative coin. The recognisable profile of Charles Darwin, with his large beard, is facing that of a chimpanzee. The legend reads ‘1809 · CHARLES DARWIN · 2009’ while the edge carries the inscription ‘ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES 1859’. These are paired with Ian Rank-Broadley’s fourth official portrait of the Queen on the coin’s obverse. This double thickness coin weighs 24.00 grams and comes in its original packaging from the Royal Mint, including the certificate of authenticity. It is struck in .925 sterling silver with a band of fine gold plating around the edge, and is one of 782 in this presentation.
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Obverse

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

Reverse

Profile of Charles Darwin facing profile of a chimpanzee with legend '1809 · CHARLES DARWIN · 2009'. Artist: Suzie Zamit.

Specification

Proof 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 782 in this presentation. Presented in the original box with its certificate of authenticity. 

Condition

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