Two Pounds 2017 Aviation, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2017 Aviation, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2017 Aviation

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; the outer ring of the coins is made of Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc) and the inner circle is CuproNickel (75% copper, 25% nickel).

The Royal Mint maintains a "definitive" style of the £2 issued annually, as well as a large variety of one-year circulating commemorative types.

In 2017, the mint also started issuing some Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) £2 coins for collectors. These are included in the annual mint sets, but are not released into general circulation. Their themes celebrate important anniversaries or people, as well as iconic aspects of British culture and history.

This £2 coin commemorates the First World War Centenary (100th Anniversary of the First World War) and the role and contribution of the Royal Air Force in it. It is the fourth coin in a five-year series, on a journey from "outbreak to armistice".

The Royal Mint says:
"The first aircraft were wooden-framed fuselages covered with doped linen, with wooden wings attached and a basic cockpit. These aircraft were unreliable, crashed frequently and crews did not carry parachutes. Early engines were weak, making it difficult to become airborne with a man inside, while any weaponry added to the weight. In the early days of the war, fire was the airman’s worst enemy rather than enemy pilots.

As technology developed, air combat became an exciting form of warfare in the eyes of the press and the public. The exploits of fighter pilots, or ‘aces’, were particularly romanticised, portrayed as noble ‘gentlemen duellists’ in the skies above the horror of the trenches.

The edge lettering of this coin pays tribute to the first aviators to sacrifice their lives in the race for the skies, remembering the days of the war when ‘The Sky Rained Heroes'".

The reverse design was created by Dan Flashman of Tangerine Design, who were alson responsible for the design of the 2014 Commonwealth Games fifty pence.

Unlike the earlier coins in the series, these £2 coins were struck in various collector formats but none were issued into general circulation.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation - 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 (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2017 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation - reverse photo

The reverse features an engraving of a biplane flying over fields, with a pilot and an airman taking photographs of the ground below. The airman's scarf is caught in the wind.

Around above right, 1914 · 1918; around below right - facing in the opposite direction - THE WAR IN THE AIR. Under the left wing, small letters HDG (?!)

The date, value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1914 · 1918 THE WAR IN THE AIR
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionTHE SKY RAINED HEROES
Notes

The Royal Mint released sales figures in March 2020; however, some of them are not final as some of the products listed were still available for sale at that time.

Two Pounds 2017 Aviation: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: 47,703 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK17W1BU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Mintage Issued: 8,137 (included in total)
Details

In "100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation £2 BU Coin and Stamp Pack".

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
In Set 2017 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2017, mintage 27,551
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

520 coins issued individually, plus coins in mint sets.

In Sets The 2017 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 7,522
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2017 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,603 (not included in the above set)

The 2017 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Commemorative Edition, mintage 2,724
5 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, 50p Sir Isaac Newton
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

12.00 g of Sterling Silver. The outer ring is selectively gold-plated to achieve a bimetallic look. 2,883 individual coins, plus 438 in "100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation £2 Silver Proof Coin and Stamp Pack", plus coins in sets.

In Sets The 2017 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 609
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2017 United Kingdom Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 335
5 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, 50p Sir Isaac Newton
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,528
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g. Royal Mint Product code: UK17W1PF. Issue price £110.00. 1,528 issued from edition limit of 2,000.

In Set The 2017 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin, mintage 363
5 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, 50p Sir Isaac Newton
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Aviation / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 417
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
Issued boxed, Royal Mint Product code: UK17W1GP. 274 issued from edition limit of 450, plus 20 in "100th Anniversary of the First World War Aviation £2 Gold Proof Coin and Stamp Pack".

In Sets The 2017 United Kingdom Gold Proof Definitive Coin Set, mintage 34
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2017 United Kingdom Gold Proof Coin Set, mintage 89
5 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, 50p Sir Isaac Newton
Two Pounds 2017 Aviation: References to Information Used
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All (22) coins of type: Two Pounds (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2017 Aviation unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein 65,167 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 Armistice 79,785 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - F35 Lightning unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook 50,185 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Pepys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 D-Day unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Captain Cook unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 VE Day unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2021 Sir Walter Scott unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2022 Alexander Graham Bell unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Two Pounds 2022 Vera Lynn unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
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Two Pounds 2017 Aviation: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (NCLT)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerDan Flashman
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-LRWW-OXGL
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2017 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Aviation - First World War
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Notes: Gold proof.
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2017 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Aviation - First World War
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Notes: Gold proof.
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2017 UK Coin £2 Silver Proof Aviation - First World War
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Notes: Silver proof.
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2017 UK Coin £2 Silver Proof Aviation - First World War
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Notes: Silver proof.
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2017 UK Coin £2 Aviation - First World War
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2017 UK Coin £2 Aviation - First World War
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