Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2018 Captain Cook

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 250 years since the first round-the-world voyage of Captain Cook (1768 - 1771) and is the first in a three-coin series issued in three consecutive years.

The Royal Mint says:
"In August 1768, Captain James Cook and his crew set sail on HM Bark Endeavour, commencing what would become a three-year voyage of discovery. It was the first of three such journeys for the intrepid pioneer, during which he would circumnavigate the world twice. His spirit of adventure helped to fill in the blanks on the world map and improve our knowledge of new places, peoples, plants and even other planets.

250 years later, The Royal Mint invites you to join us on a three-year adventure through history in coins. A series of three £2 coins, released each year from 2018 to 2020, will explore Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery in real time. The coins carry three intriguing designs by sculptor Gary Breeze, which combine to create a single, complete image that tells the story of Captain Cook’s voyage.

250 years ago, the spirit of adventure of a determined man from a humble background greatly expanded our scientific and cultural understanding of the world. Captain James Cook’s first voyage of discovery began on 25 August 1768 when he set sail from Plymouth aboard HM Bark Endeavour. His main objective was to record people, places and plants while also improving our understanding of a world beyond our own by observing the Transit of Venus from Tahiti. But he also carried a second set of orders in a sealed envelope that was not to be opened until the observation from Tahiti had been completed."

The edge inscription OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS means, in Latin, "the most intrepid investigator of the seas)".

These £2 coins were struck in various collector formats but none were issued into general circulation.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage50,185
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook - 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 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

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 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook - reverse photo

The reverse shows the hull of Cook's ship Endeavour superimposed on a map of Plymouth Sound. To the right, a large numeral 250 marks the years since his voyage. Below, Captain Cook's signature.

Around above right, the anniversary dates 1768 - 2018. Around below, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK.

The designer's initials GB (for Gary Breeze) are in the left field of the outer ring, between the hull of the ship and the C of CAPTAIN.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 250 1768 - 2018 CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionOCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS
Notes

24,249 coins also issued "in tubes".

Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 24,660 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint product code: UK18CCBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Mintage Issued: 1,276 (included in total). Mintage limit: 10,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), with six stamps post-marked Plymouth, 16.8.2018 (Captain Cook first set sail from Plymouth 250 years earlier, on that date). Edition limited to 10,000, Royal Mint product code CC1BPNC, issue price £17.50.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 4,778. Mintage limit: 4,795
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: UK18CCSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 4,795.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 339. Mintage limit: 340
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
In mahogany presentation box. Royal Mint product code: UK18CCGP. Issue price £1,020. Edition limit of 340.

Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook: 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 2018 Captain Cook: 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)
Total Mintage50,185
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerGary Breeze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-MQPR-EPQM
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Captain Cook 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Captain Cook 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Captain Cook 2018 £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Captain Cook 2018 £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Captain Cook 2018 £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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