Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2017 Jane Austen

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 commemorative £2 coin marks 200 years since the death of British author Jane Austen.

It might surprise fans to learn that Jane Austen was almost entirely unknown during her lifetime. Soon after she died, in 1817, aged just 41, her works, including "Emma", "Persuasion", and even "Pride and Prejudice", all went out of print. It was only when her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, released "A Memoir of Jane Austen" in 1870 that she was born again to a wider Victorian public. Soon the cult of Austen fans, sometimes known as "Janeites", was established and, since then, The Jane Austen Society has developed branches across the globe.

The reverse of the coin was designed by the Royal Mint designer, Dominique Evans; her design has been approved by Professor John Mullan, a leading Jane Austen academic.

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 Jane Austen - 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 · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen - reverse photo

The reverse shows a Regency-style profile silhouette portrait of the author, with her hand-written signature Jane Austen across; the inner circle appears to be the engraved back of an old pocket watch or pendant, with its ring extending into the outer ring of the coin. The outer ring is decorated with vertical stripes.

Around above left, the inscription JANE AUSTEN; around above right, the anniversary dates 1817 - 2017.

Around below, the value and denomination TWO POUNDS.

The designer's initials DME (for Dominique Evans) are in relief in the right field.

Reverse Inscription JANE AUSTEN 1817 - 2017 TWO POUNDS
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionTHERE IS NO DOING WITHOUT MONEY
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 Jane Austen: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: 54,729 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK17JABU. Issue price: £10.00.

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)
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 Jane Austen / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen / 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. 3,498 individual coins, 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 Jane Austen / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,125
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g. Royal Mint Product code: UK17JAPF. Issue price £110.00. 2,125 issued from edition limit of 2,500.

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 Jane Austen / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 418
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: UK17JAGP. 295 issued from edition limit of 750.

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 Jane Austen: 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 Jane Austen: 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
DesignerDominique Evans
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-LPYQ-EMPX
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Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen: Photos
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2017 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Jane Austen
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2017 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Jane Austen
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2017 UK Coin £2 Silver Proof Jane Austen
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2017 UK Coin £2 Silver Proof Jane Austen
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2017 UK Coin £2 BU Jane Austen
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2017 UK Coin £2 BU Jane Austen
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