In 2002 to mark the celebration of sporting excellence, the Royal Mint issued a Limited Issue First Day Cover (Philatelic Numismatic Cover) containing a collection of four £2 Two Pound Coins to celebrate the XVII Commonwealth Games.
The coin reverse is the work of artist and sculptor Matthew Bonaccorsi, a skilled member of the Royal Mint engraving team, whose design was the winning entry in a competition. Representing celebration, victory and sportsmanship it shows a moving figure holding aloft a banner, the top of which is divided into lines symbolising the lanes of a running track or swimming pool.
There are four versions of the coin, one for each of the participating teams from the United Kingdom. They are featured in turn, by their flags appearing in cameo. The reverses of the coins are selectively colour-enamelled.
The set is on a card, with coins individually encapsulated in plastic. The card is in an envelope with five stamps featuring sporting themes, postmarked Manchester (with he logo of the Games) 16-07-2002.