United Kingdom: Coin Two Pounds 1997 (Technology) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Two Pounds 1997 (Technology)
CoinTwo Pounds 1997 (Technology)

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse

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 and the date: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·. Translated ffrom Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Reverse

The reverse design symbolises the "History of Technological Achievement". Four concentric circles depict mankind's industrial and technological progress from the Iron Age to the Internet.

Reverse Inscription TWO POUNDS
EdgeLettered
Edge InscriptionSTANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
Notes

The comparative rarity of the Maklouf-effigy coins ("the ones with the necklace") has led to an urban myth that they are much more valuable than the other coins, but this is not true - there were over 13 million 1997-dated £2 coins issued. Another urban myth about the coin is that putting it in the freezer overnight causes the cupro-nickel centre to pop out, a claim which had been true of some early mintings of the similarly bimetallic Canadian 2 dollar coin.

All (54) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pounds
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 1986 8,212,184 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 1989 4,777,891 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 1994 1,443,116 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 1995 (WW2) 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 (Marconi) 4,558,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two pounds 2001 (Technology) 34,984,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
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 (Technology) 13,024,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
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 (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 Technology 11,981,500 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 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 2005 Technology 3,837,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
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 - 1908 Olympic Games 910,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2008 - Olympic Games Handover 918,000 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 Burns 3,253,000 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 2010 Technology 6,890,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two pounds 2010 Florence Nightingale 6,175,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2011 Technology 24,375,030 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2011 Mary Rose 1,040,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2011 King James Bible 975,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
Two Pounds 2012 Olympic Games Handover 845,000 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 Charles Dickens 8,190,000 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 Train 1,690,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·
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 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea 2,990,000 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 WW1 - Royal Navy 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 1997 (Technology): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (Technology)
Issued1997
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Mintage13,734,625 (13.7 million)
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerBruce Rushin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.4000
Thickness (mm)2.5000
Mass (g)12
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