Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories

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 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare remains one of the greatest British writers of all time. His influential works take their rightful place at the heart of our school curriculum and each new generation is gifted his legacy; ready to be inspired and entertained. In 2016 The Royal Mint released three £2 coins marking the 400th anniversary of his death, designed by long-time Royal Mint collaborator John Bergdahl. The coins celebrate Shakespeare’s most famous works and this design skilfully captures the essence of his histories with its crown and sword central motif.

£2 coins issued in 2016 have now been in circulation for only five years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,719,676 (5.7 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 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 · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories - reverse photo

The reverse shows a crown pierced by a sword within the inner circle. Around the top of the rim, the inscription WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Below, the date of issue 2016 is separated from the writer's name by two roses.

The artist's initials JB (for John Bergdahl) are in very small letters in the right field under the crown.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionTHE HOLLOW CROWN
See also

The other £2 coins dedicated to Shakespeare's anniversary feature his comedies and his tragedies.

Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated individual
Mintage Issued: 6,341 (included in total)
Details

Sold by the Royal Mint in coin tubes.

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 44,846 (included in total)
In Sets 2016 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2016, mintage 22,786
16 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, £1 Royal Shield, Last Round Pound, 50p, 50p Battle of Hastings, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The Shakespeare 2016 UK £2 Three-Coin Brilliant Uncirculated Set, mintage 22,060
3 coins: £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 13,489 (included in total)
In Sets The 2016 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 6,919
16 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, £1 Royal Shield, Last Round Pound, 50p, 50p Battle of Hastings, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2016 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,409 (not included in the above set)

The 2016 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Commemorative Edition, mintage 3,161
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,006
Material0.925 Silver
Details

The outer ring is selectively gold-plated to achieve a bimetallic look. 965 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Sets The 2016 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 383
16 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, £1 Royal Shield, Last Round Pound, 50p, 50p Battle of Hastings, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2016 United Kingdom Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 658
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,080
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight. 624 individual coins issued in black presentation box (Royal Mint Product Code: UK16SHPF, issue price: £110.00), plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2016 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 456
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 238
Material0.917 Gold
Details

156 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2016 United Kingdom Gold Proof Coin Set, mintage 82
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories: References to Information Used
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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 ·
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Two Pounds 2004 Trevithick 5,195,399 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
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Two Pounds 2013 London Underground - The Roundel 1,612,979 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · TWO POUNDS ·
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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
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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 ·
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Two Pounds 2018 Britannia (mint sets only) 33,086 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 ·
Two Pounds 2021 Britannia (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2021 ·
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Two Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - Histories: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (One year types)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Circulation Mintage5,655,000 (5.7 million)
Total Mintage5,719,676 (5.7 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDMXKD-EKQC-JYWL-EWQJ
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The Shakespeare Histories 2016 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin
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The Shakespeare Histories 2016 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin
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Notes: Silver proof piedfort.
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2016 Shakespeare Histories £2
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