Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales

The bi-metallic £2 coin is the largest circulating coin denomination of the Pound Sterling. It was introduced in 1998 (earlier two pound coins were made of Nickel brass, were intended as commemorative, and did not circulate much). Being bi-metallic means that the coin comprises two separate components of differing alloys - a Nickel-Brass outer ring with inner circle of CuproNickel.

The Royal Mint maintains a "definitive" style of the £2 issued annually, as well as a large variety of one-year circulating commemorative types and some Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) £2 coins for collectors. Between 1997 and 2015, the definitive type was the Technology type £2, which was then changed to the Britannia type £2.

The one-year type coins celebrate important anniversaries or people, as well as iconic aspects of British culture and history.

This circulating commemorative £2 coin marks the Commonwealth Games in Manchester (25 July to 4 August 2002) - the biggest competition in the 72-year history of the Games in which some of the world’s greatest athletes competed in fourteen individual sports and three team sports over ten days of sporting and cultural activity.

The Royal Mint released four versions of the coin, one for each of the participating teams from the United Kingdom and distinguished by a cameo version of their respective flags: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Due to their low mintage and popularity with collectors, these coins are avidly hoarded by the public and do not circulate in any realistic manner.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage640,694
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales - obverse photo

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: 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
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales - reverse photo

Matthew Bonaccorsi’s reverse design represents celebration, victory and sportsmanship. It depicts the moving figure of an athlete holding aloft a banner, the top of which is divided into lines symbolising the lanes of a swimming pool. A small circular cartouche behind the athlete contains a flag with the Welsh dragon, representing Wales. To the right of the figure, the value and denomination £2

Around right, an inscription reading XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES.

The artist's initials MB (for Matthew Bonaccorsi)are in ligature in the left (on the outer ring of the coin), above a fold in the flag.

Reverse Inscription £2 XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionSPIRIT · OF · FRIENDSHIP · MANCHESTER · 2002 ·
Notes

Mintage figure comprised of:
588,500 coins released into circulation
47,895 brilliant uncirculated coins in mint sets
4,299 proofs
Off-metal strikes not included.

Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 47,895 (included in total)
Details

Collectors Coins GB lists "Specimens in BU card" - probably the same set (?) but with mintage of 19,229.

In Sets 2002 Commonwealth Games - The Official Souvenir Coin Set, mintage 47,895
4 coins: £2 Commonwealth Games - England, £2 Commonwealth Games - Scotland, £2 Commonwealth Games - Wales, £2 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland

2002 Manchester - The XVII Commonwealth Games (PNC), mintage unknown, limited to 30,000
4 coins: £2 Commonwealth Games - England, £2 Commonwealth Games - Scotland, £2 Commonwealth Games - Wales, £2 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 4,299 (included in total)
In Set 2002 Commonwealth Games - Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,552
4 coins: £2 Commonwealth Games - England, £2 Commonwealth Games - Scotland, £2 Commonwealth Games - Wales, £2 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland
- variety: 2002 Commonwealth Games - Proof Coin Set (Display Set), mintage 747 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 2,553
Material0.925 Silver
Details

28.40 mm diameter, 12.00 g sterling silver. The outer ring is gold-plated.

In Set 2002 Commonwealth Games Silver Proof Set, mintage 2,553
4 coins: £2 Commonwealth Games - England, £2 Commonwealth Games - Scotland, £2 Commonwealth Games - Wales, £2 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 3,497
Material0.925 Silver
Details

28.40 mm diameter, 24.00 g sterling silver. The outer ring is gold-plated.

Silver proof piedfort (double the thickness and weight of the silver proof), with colour-enamelled flag and banner: the lower part of the banner is blue, and the flag of Scotland inside the small circular cartouche has a white cross on a blue background.

In Set The Official Commonwealth Games Silver Piedfort Collection, mintage 3,497
4 coins: £2 Commonwealth Games - England, £2 Commonwealth Games - Scotland, £2 Commonwealth Games - Wales, £2 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 315
Material0.917 Gold
Details

12 g of 22-carat red gold, with the centre "gold sprayed" (with yellow gold).

In Set 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Proof Collection, mintage 315
4 coins: £2 Commonwealth Games - England, £2 Commonwealth Games - Scotland, £2 Commonwealth Games - Wales, £2 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales: References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Varieties mintage
Collectors Coins Great Britain Mintage Proof mintage
All (69) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pounds
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 1986 XIII Commonwealth Games 8,484,005 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1989 Bill of Rights (English) 4,541,704 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish) 455,704 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1994 Bank of England 1,687,808 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1995 WW2 5,166,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1995 United Nations 1,750,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1996 Football 5,312,555 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1997 Technology 13,924,930 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D
Two Pounds 1998 Technology 91,270,237 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 1999 Technology 33,719,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 1999 Rugby World Cup 5,149,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2000 Technology 25,960,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2001 Technology 35,091,863 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2001 Marconi 4,665,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Technology 13,146,059 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - England 702,694 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Scotland 823,944 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales 640,694 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland 537,694 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2003 Technology 17,687,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2003 DNA 4,497,080 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2004 Technology 12,101,137 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2004 Trevithick 5,195,399 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 Technology 3,959,513 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 Gunpowder Plot 5,274,807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 World War II 10,244,686 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Technology 16,752,689 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Brunel - Portrait 8,120,612 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Brunel - Achievements 7,602,742 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Technology 10,308,215 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Act of Union 7,683,956 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Slave Trade 8,583,781 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2008 Technology 30,222,451 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2008 London Olympic Games 1908 1,112,171 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover 965,765 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2009 Technology 8,915,770 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2009 Burns 3,513,993 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2009 ·
Two Pounds 2009 Darwin 4,163,483 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2010 Technology 6,920,844 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2010 Florence Nightingale 6,279,004 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2010 ·
Two Pounds 2011 Technology 24,404,004 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2011 King James Bible 1,060,242 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2011 Mary Rose 1,121,987 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2011 ·
Two Pounds 2012 Technology 3,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2012 Charles Dickens 8,237,838 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS · 2012
Two Pounds 2012 Olympic Games Handover 873,356 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS · 2012
Two Pounds 2013 Technology 15,907,187 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea 3,032,422 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Roundel 1,612,979 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Train 1,744,079 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2014 Technology 18,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2014 Trinity House 3,743,510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 5,798,836 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2015 Technology 35,405,820 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2015 Magna Carta (Fourth Portrait, in sets only) 66,636 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS · 2015
Two Pounds 2015 Royal Navy (Fourth Portrait, in sets only) 72,827 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2015 Magna Carta (Fifth Portrait) 1,495,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · TWO POUNDS · 2015
Two Pounds 2015 Royal Navy (Fifth Portrait) 650,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2015 Britannia 675,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Two Pounds 2016 Britannia 2,925,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Two Pounds 2016 Army 9,605,341 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories 5,719,676 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Comedies 4,416,835 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Tragedies 4,679,885 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Great Fire of London 1,689,347 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2017 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2018 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Two Pounds 2019 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Two Pounds 2020 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (One year types)
Issued2002
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Circulation Mintage588,500
Total Mintage640,694
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerMatthew Bonaccorsi
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDRDKL-MEMK-CMKX-ENZB
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Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales: Photos
ImageDetails
2002 Silver Proof Piedfort Commonwealth Games £2
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Coloured silver piedfort.
Source
2002 Base Metal Proof Commonwealth Games £2
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Proof.
Source
2002 XVII Commonwealth Games £2
Copyright: Royal Mint
Source
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomK15 (was 4575), K15A (was 4576A) Piedfort
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1033, 1033a Silver, 1033b Gold
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P108 (Silver Piedfort)