Two Pounds 2018 Armistice, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2018 Armistice, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2018 Armistice

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). It is the fifth and final coin in a five-year series, on a journey from "outbreak to armistice".

The Royal Mint says:
"A century after the Armistice was signed, bringing five years of terrible conflict to an end, The Royal Mint has struck a £2 coin as a tribute to the end of war. Every year we remember the fallen, a tradition that began just after the First World War, but this centenary, so much more than a moment in history, calls for a lasting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This official UK £2 coin, part of the final year of commemoration in our five-year series, features a design by artist Stephen Raw. He was inspired by Wilfred Owen, the famous war poet, who died in the conflict. Stephen’s design features an inscription taken from Owen’s poem, ‘Strange Meeting’. It was modelled in clay the artist took from the Sambre-Oise Canal where Owen was killed in 1918. This Brilliant Uncirculated edition is presented in a display folder that is filled with imagery and information that was sourced with the help of Imperial War Museums."

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

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage79,785
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice - 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 · 2018 ·. 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 · 2018 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice - reverse photo

At centre, on five lines, the hand-written inscription The truth untold, the pity of war, on a background reminiscent of the muddy fields associated with the First World War.

Around above in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription THE FIRST WORLD WAR · ARMISTICE · 1918; below, the value and denomination TWO POUNDS.

The designer's initials SR (for Stephen Raw) are incuse in the lower left field of the inner circle of the coin, to the left of the O in "OF WAR".

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription THE FIRST WORLD WAR · ARMISTICE · 1918 TWO POUNDS
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionWILFRED OWEN KILLED IN ACTION 4 NOV 1918
Notes

Mintage also includes 29,121 BU coins sold "in tubes".

Two Pounds 2018 Armistice: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: 19,615 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK18W1BU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Mintage Issued: 641 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) with six stamps postmarked The Cenotaph, London SW1, 13.9.2018. Royal Mint Product Code: AMBPNC. Issue price £17.50.

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 18,900 (included in total)
In Set 2018 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2018 Collection, mintage 18,900
13 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Britannia, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Representation of the People Act, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 11,508 (included in total)
In Sets The 2018 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 5,787
13 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Britannia, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Representation of the People Act, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2018 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 2,544 (not included in the above set)

The 2018 United Kingdom Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 3,177
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 4,358
Material0.925 Silver
Details

12.00 g of Sterling Silver. The outer ring is selectively gold-plated to achieve a bimetallic look.
Boxed, Royal Mint Product Code: UK18W1SP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 5,000.

2,627 individual coins issued as of March 2021 (not final), plus 750 in capsules.

Also issued in sets.

In Sets The 2018 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 596
13 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Britannia, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Representation of the People Act, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2018 United Kingdom Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 385
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Silver Proof in PNC
Mintage Issued: 183
Material0.925 Silver
Details

12.00 g of Sterling Silver. The outer ring is selectively gold-plated to achieve a bimetallic look.
In Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) with six stamps postmarked The Cenotaph, London SW1, 13.9.2018. Royal Mint Product Code: AMSPNC. Issue price £67.50.

Variety Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx - 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.
In presentation card signed by the Deputy Master of the Mint. Royal Mint Product Code: PUK18W1S. Issue price £150.

These are coins that participated in the centuries-long tradition known as The Trial of the Pyx, in which the quality of British coinage is assayed. "The range of coins available may carry small marks or smudges from having been handled during the Trial of the Pyx."

Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage Issued: 1,510
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g.

1,172 individual coins (mintage as of March 2021, not final) plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2018 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 338
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Armistice / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 374
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
Boxed, Royal Mint Product Code: UK18W1GP. Issue price £1,020.00. Edition limit of 750.

185 individual boxed coins sold, plus 50 in capsules.

Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2018 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 139
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Gold Proof in PNC
Mintage Issued: 10
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
In Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) with six stamps postmarked The Cenotaph, London SW1, 13.9.2018. Royal Mint Product Code: AMGPNC. Issue price £1,020.00.

Two Pounds 2018 Armistice: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint March 2021 Mintage link
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 2018 Armistice: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (NCLT)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage79,785
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerStephen Raw
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-XWRW-OYPL
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Two Pounds 2018 Armistice: Photos
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Armistice 2018 UK £2 Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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First World War Armistice 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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First World War Armistice 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Armistice 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Armistice 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Armistice 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Armistice 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Two Pounds 2018 Armistice: Catalogue Reference IDs