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United Kingdom: Coin Two Pounds 1902
CoinTwo Pounds 1902

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).

Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 53,873 (53873)
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 1902 - obverse photo

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
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 1902 - reverse photo

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 InscriptionNone
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
Variety Matt proof FDC (Royal Mint London)
Mintage 8,066 (included in total)
Two Pounds 1902: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums 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)
All (13) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 1820 (Pattern) 60 Portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (Laureate Head) GEORGIUS III D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D: 1820
Two Pounds 1823 unknown Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Two Pounds 1824 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1824
Two Pounds 1825 (Proof only) unknown Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1825
Two Pounds 1826 (Proof only) 450 Portrait by Jean Baptiste Merlen GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826
Two Pounds 1831 (Proof only) 225 Portrait by William Wyon GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D:
Two Pounds 1887 92,142 Portrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head) VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:
Two Pounds 1893 52,985 Portrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head) VICTORIA . DEI . GRA . BRITT . REGINA . FID . DEF . IND . IMP .
Two Pounds 1902 53,873 Portrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head) EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Two Pounds 1911 (Proof only) 2,812 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Bare Head) GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:
Two Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) unknown King Edward VIII by Thomas Humphrey Paget EDWARDVS VIII D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Two Pounds 1937 (Proof only) 5,501 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Two Pounds 1953 (not released) unknown Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH II DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REGINA F: D: +
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Two Pounds 1902: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Issued1902
MonarchKing Edward VII
EffigyPortrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage53,873
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)15.9761
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Two Pounds 1902: Photos
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Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Coin - 2 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
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Notes: Sydney Mint.
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Proof Coin - 2 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
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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, 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, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3968A (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 350 (Sydney Mint)