Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish)

The £2 coins in base metal (as opposed to the gold double sovereign, which has a nominal face value of one pound too), nickel-brass, were introduced in 1986. They were modelled on the gold issues, having the same weight and diameter, although thicker - since gold is heavier than base metal. It is not uncommon for people to think they have found a gold coin in their change; however, a true gold coin would be struck in a proof finish and would have a more coppery colour.

The entire series of seven different designs in five different years were all commemorative coins, produced largely to appeal to collectors. All are available in different metals versions (nickel-brass, silver and gold). Due to their low mintage, these coins are collected and kept by the public and do not circulate in any realistic manner.

To celebrate the Tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the Declaration of Rights in 1689, two different 2-pound coins were issued in 1989. The two coins differ only in the detail of their reverse designs. Both were designed by John Lobban, and depict the cypher of William and Mary, the House of Commons mace, and stylised representations of St. Edward's Crown and the Crown of Scotland, respectively.

This (the Scottish) version has the inscription TERCENTENARY OF THE CLAIM OF RIGHT, while the English version reads TERCENTENARY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS. Uncharacteristically for British coins, the date is on the reverse, while the value and denomination are on the obverse.

After 1996, the bi-metallic Technology type £2 coin was issued, and all later £2 coins have been bi-metallic. Even though this coin type was superseded by the modern bi-metallic format, these coins are still legal tender.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage430,704
Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish) - obverse photo

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (effigy known as the "Third Portrait"); incuse in tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Note that the value and denomination are on the obverse.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish) - reverse photo

At centre, Royal Cypher of "W&M" (interlaced letters W and M representing King William III and Queen Mary II) surmounting a horizontal Parliamentary Mace; above, a representation of the Scottish Crown; below, the intertwined dates 1689 and 1989.
Around, the inscription TERCENTENARY OF THE CLAIM OF RIGHT.

Reverse Inscription TERCENTENARY OF THE CLAIM OF RIGHT 1689 1989
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

On 13th February 1689, Prince William and Princess Mary of Orange were presented with a document by the Lords and Commons that marked a major change in the course of British parliamentary history. The document stemmed from the revolutionary events of 1688 which influenced the social, economic, and political development of democratic countries around the world.

Known as the Declaration of Rights, this document sought to prevent a repetition of the abuses of In Scotland, William and Mary were recognised as King and Queen by the Convention of Estates on 11th April 1689. This Convention adopted a Claim of Right which largely corresponds to the Bill of Rights in England.

The effects of the Bill of Rights and Claim of Right - free and regular elections, freedom of speech in Parliament, the proper distribution of governmental power, and protection of the rights of subjects and citizens - can be seen today in the way in which parliamentary government is conducted in the United Kingdom and in other countries around the world.

The ceremonial mace shown on the reverse evolved from the close-combat weaponry of the mounted knight. As maces grew more ornamental in design, they gradually became a symbol of prestige and, by the later middle ages, the use of a mace as an emblem of office was widespread in England.
The present House of Commons mace, originally made in 1660 and ornately decorated with the Royal Arms, is symbolic of the authority of Parliament.

Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish): Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage 84,704 (included in total)
Variety Silver Proof
Mintage 24,852
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Diameter 28.40 mm, 15.98 g of sterling silver (92.50%), ASW 0.4752 oz. Issued in pair with the English type silver proof.

Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage 10,000
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Diameter 28.40 mm, 31.96 g of sterling silver (92.50%), ASW 0.9505 oz. Issued in pair with the English type silver proof piedfort.

Variety Specimen in folder
Mintage unknown
Details

Issued in a special specimen folder in pair with the English type.

Variety Gold Proof
Mintage unknown
Material0.9167 Gold
Details

Diameter 28.40 mm, 15.98 g of 22-carat gold (91.66%), AGW 0.4707 oz. Listed by Chard only.

Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish): References to Information Used
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Collectors Coins Great Britain Mintage
All (55) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pounds
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 1986 XIII Commonwealth Games 8,212,184 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS
Two Pounds 1989 Bill of Rights (English) 4,516,704 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS
Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish) 430,704 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS
Two Pounds 1994 Bank of England 1,510,837 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS
Two pounds 1995 (WW2) 6,056,506 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 1995 (United Nations) 6,056,506 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 1996 5,141,350 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 1997 (Technology) 13,734,625 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 1998 (Technology) 91,110,375 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 1999 (Rugby World Cup) 4,933,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 1999 (Technology) 33,719,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 2000 (Technology) 25,770,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 2001 (Technology) 34,984,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 2001 (Marconi) 4,558,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2002 (Commonwealth Games - Scotland) 771,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2002 (Commonwealth Games - England) 650,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2002 (Commonwealth Games - Wales) 588,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2002 (Technology) 13,024,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 2002 (Commonwealth Games - Ireland) 485,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2003 (DNA) 4,299,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2003 (Technology) 17,531,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2004 Trevithick 5,004,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2004 Technology 11,981,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 Technology 3,837,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 Gunpowder Plot 5,140,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2005 World War II 10,191,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2006 Technology 16,715,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Brunel - Portrait 7,928,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2006 Brunel - Achievements 7,452,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2007 Technology 10,270,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Slave Trade 8,445,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2007 Act of Union 7,545,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2008 - Technology 30,107,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2008 - Olympic Games Handover 918,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2008 - 1908 Olympic Games 910,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2009 Darwin 3,903,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2009 Technology 8,775,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2009 Burns 3,253,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2010 Florence Nightingale 6,175,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2010 Technology 6,890,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2011 Technology 24,375,030 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2011 King James Bible 975,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2011 Mary Rose 1,040,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2012 Charles Dickens 8,190,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2012 Technology 3,900,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2012 Olympic Games Handover 845,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Train 1,690,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea 2,990,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2013 Technology 15,860,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Roundel 1,560,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2014 Technology unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2014 Trinity House None Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak None Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2015 Magna Carta None Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2015 WW1 - Royal Navy None Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (Nickel-Brass)
Issued1989
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Mintage430,704
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-Brass
DesignerJohn Lobban
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.4000
Mass (g)15.9760
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Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish): Photos
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1989 UK Coin £2 Claim of Right
Copyright: Chards
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1989 UK Coin £2 Claim of Right
Copyright: Chards
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Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 961
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 961a (Silver)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P11 (Silver Piedfort)