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Coin: Two Pounds 1893

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Pound) TypeTwo Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1893 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage52,985 (52985)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 52,985 (52985)
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.9761

Crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left, veiled and draped, wearing ribbon and Star of Garter; around, VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP . T.B. the artist's initials, T.B. are below the bust.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP .

St. George on horseback holding short sword in right hand, wearing a flowing cape, helmet and boots; the horse rearing to right over fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; the date, 1893 in the exergue. The mint mark (S for Sydney Mint or none for Royal Mint London) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription


Edge Edge inscription


The Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Guide 1965 says:

"The Sydney Mint struck gold Two Pound and Five Pound Gold Pieces for the years 1887, 1893 and 1902. No mintage figures are available for these Pieces, however at least fourteen 1887 Gold Pieces have been estimated to exist."

According to the Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971, "Probably not more than a dozen or so of each of the listed two and five pound gold coins [1887, 1893, 1902] were issued".

Sydney Mint two pound coins of 1893 are not listed in Krause or Spink catalogues.

Two Pounds 1893: Known varieties
Proof (Royal Mint London) 773 (included in main number)
Two Pounds 1893: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 253 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 786 (Royal Mint London)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3873 (Royal Mint London)
Two Pounds 1893: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint London regular and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London)
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List of all (13) coins of type: United Kingdom / Two Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Two Pounds 1820 (Pattern) Two Pounds 1823 Two Pounds 1824 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1825 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1831 (Proof only)
Two Pounds 1887 Two Pounds 1893 Two Pounds 1902 Two Pounds 1911 (Proof only) Two Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only)
Two Pounds 1953 (not released)