Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover

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 Olympic Handover Ceremony. To commemorate both the successful bid and the official handover from Beijing to London, the Royal Mint struck a commemorative £2 coin which featured the iconic Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo on its reverse. Two outstretched hands complete the symbolic status of the coin and lines reminiscent of a running track surround the central design.

£2 coins issued in 2008 have now been in circulation for 12 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage965,765
Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (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 tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin is symbolic of the Olympic Handover Ceremony, represented by two outstretched hands under a flag carrying the five interlocked Olympic rings and above the London 2012 Olympics logo.

Around, the inscription BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription BEIJING 2008 LONDON 2012
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionI CALL UPON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD
Notes

Mintage figure comprised of:
918,000 coins released into circulation
47,765 specimens in presentation folder

This coin was not included in the mint sets for the year.

The two Olympic £2 commemoratives of 2008 are not omitted from the new editions of Spink as it seems on perusal of the £2 section, but moved to a special section on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games coins. They have not been re-numbered to the new reference ID scheme.

Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage 47,765 (included in total)
Details

47,765 issued from 250,000 limit.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage 30,000
Material0.925 Silver
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage 3,000
Material0.925 Silver
Variety Gold Proof FDC United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 3,250
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Mintage of 3,250 coins includes those issued individually, plus coins in sets.

Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
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Royal Mint 14th October 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Royal Mint Mintage link BU mintage
All (69) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Two Pounds
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 1986 XIII Commonwealth Games 8,484,005 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1989 Bill of Rights (English) 4,541,704 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1989 Claim of Right (Scottish) 455,704 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1994 Bank of England 1,687,808 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1995 WW2 5,166,286 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1995 United Nations 1,750,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1996 Football 5,312,555 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 1997 Technology 13,924,930 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D
Two Pounds 1998 Technology 91,270,237 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 1999 Technology 33,719,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 1999 Rugby World Cup 5,149,840 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2000 Technology 25,960,219 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2001 Technology 35,091,863 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2001 Marconi 4,665,113 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Technology 13,146,059 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - England 702,694 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Scotland 823,944 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Wales 640,694 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2002 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland 537,694 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2003 Technology 17,687,762 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2003 DNA 4,497,080 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2004 Technology 12,101,137 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2004 Trevithick 5,195,399 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 Technology 3,959,513 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 Gunpowder Plot 5,274,807 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2005 World War II 10,244,686 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Technology 16,752,689 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Brunel - Portrait 8,120,612 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2006 Brunel - Achievements 7,602,742 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Technology 10,308,215 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Act of Union 7,683,956 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2007 Slave Trade 8,583,781 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2008 Technology 30,222,451 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2008 London Olympic Games 1908 1,112,171 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover 965,765 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2009 Technology 8,915,770 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2009 Burns 3,513,993 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2009 ·
Two Pounds 2009 Darwin 4,163,483 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2010 Technology 6,920,844 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2010 Florence Nightingale 6,279,004 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2010 ·
Two Pounds 2011 Technology 24,404,004 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2011 King James Bible 1,060,242 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2011 Mary Rose 1,121,987 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 2011 ·
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 8,237,838 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS · 2012
Two Pounds 2012 Olympic Games Handover 873,356 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS · 2012
Two Pounds 2013 Technology 15,907,187 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea 3,032,422 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Roundel 1,612,979 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Train 1,744,079 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2014 Technology 18,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2014 Trinity House 3,743,510 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 5,798,836 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2015 Technology 35,405,820 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2015 Magna Carta (Fourth Portrait, in sets only) 66,636 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS · 2015
Two Pounds 2015 Royal Navy (Fourth Portrait, in sets only) 72,827 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2015 Magna Carta (Fifth Portrait) 1,495,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · TWO POUNDS · 2015
Two Pounds 2015 Royal Navy (Fifth Portrait) 650,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2015 Britannia 675,285 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Two Pounds 2016 Britannia 2,925,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Two Pounds 2016 Army 9,605,341 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories 5,719,676 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Comedies 4,416,835 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Tragedies 4,679,885 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2016 Great Fire of London 1,689,347 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Two Pounds 2017 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2018 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Two Pounds 2019 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Two Pounds 2020 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (One year types)
Issued2008
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Circulation Mintage918,000
Total Mintage965,765
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerRoyal Mint
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)28.4000
Thickness (mm)2.5000
Mass (g)12
OCC IDYMXK-DEKQ-CDYB-EWQJ
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Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover: Photos
ImageDetails
2008 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Olympics Handover Ceremony
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold proof.
Source
2008 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Olympics Handover Ceremony
Copyright: Chards
Notes: Gold proof.
Source
2008 Olympic Handover Ceremony £2
Copyright: Royal Mint
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Two Pounds 2008 Olympic Games Handover: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4952
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1106, 1106a Silver, 1106b Gold
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P65 (Silver Proof Piedfort)