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Coin: Two Pounds 1902
Description

A gold coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F:D: IND:IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DeS. The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1902. The mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

This was a special commemorative issue related to the coronation of Edward VII. The only other two pound coin struck in Australia as well as in London, also at the Sydney Mint, was in 1887 for the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. After the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926 the dies for this coin were brought to the Melbourne Mint and may have been employed there before being defaced and sent to the Dixon Collection in Sydney (now in the State Library of New South Wales, Dixon Collection).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value2 (x Pound) TypeTwo Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1902 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage53,873 (53873)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 53,873 (53873) No mint mark
Sydney Mint unknown Letter S
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing Edward VII EffigyPortrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.9761
Obverse

Head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DeS (for George William de Saulles).

Obverse inscription EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1902. The mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1902

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

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".

Krause catalogues list a "Matte Proof" only for Sydney, with mintage of 4 (four). Spink says: "Extremely rare".

Two Pounds 1902: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Royal Mint London) 8,066 (included in main number)
Two Pounds 1902: Photos
Two Pounds 1902: Photo Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Two Pounds 1902: Photo Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Two Pounds 1902: Photo Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
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Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Two Pounds 1902: Photo Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Two Pounds 1902: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 257 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 806 (Royal Mint London)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3967 (regular, London) and 3968 (proof , London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 31 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 16 (Sydney Mint)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3968A (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 350 (Sydney Mint)
Two Pounds 1902: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
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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Two Pounds 1902: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902 Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
American Numismatic Society: Gold 2 pound, London (England)
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)