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

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

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 marks 200 years since the publication of "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" by British author Mary Shelley.

The Royal Mint says:
"For 200 years, Frankenstein has captured our imaginations. The story has been at the forefront of debates of radical thinking, scientific advancements and public perception since it was first published in 1818, when Mary Shelley was 21 years old. She had written the novel three years before its publication, when she was just 18.

Frankenstein continues to amaze, shock and inspire those who encounter it. Its legacy is unparalleled; many call it the first science fiction novel while others call it the greatest horror novel of all time. It is discussed as avidly as when it was first published and continues to spawn new discussions and creativity, 200 years on.

The coin has been designed by Royal Mint coin designer Thomas T. Docherty. Depicting ECG monitor style wording of ‘Frankenstein’, the coin celebrates the legacy of Frankenstein and the significance of Mary Shelley’s creation."

The edge lettering, A SPARK OF BEING, is a quote from the novel.

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

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage65,167
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein - 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 Frankenstein - reverse photo

The reverse depicts at its centre the word FRANKENSTEIN in the style of an ECG (ElectroCardioGram) monitor - "fittingly depicting a jagged pulse of a heartbeat, imitating the theme of life and death which manifests throughout the novel".

Around above and around below, divided by horizontal lines on the outer ring of the coin, the inscription BICENTENARY OF MARY SHELLEY'S 1818 · THE MODERN PROMETHEUS · 2018.

The designer's initials TD (for Thomas T. Docherty) are under the dividing line to the right.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription FRANKENSTEIN BICENTENARY OF MARY SHELLEY'S 1818 · THE MODERN PROMETHEUS · 2018
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionA SPARK OF BEING
Notes

17,479 coins also issued "in tubes".

Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 17,280 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK18FRBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety In mint sets
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / In mint sets - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / In mint sets - reverse photo
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 Frankenstein / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / 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 Frankenstein / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 3,127
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: UK18FRSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 4,500, of which 2,146 issued as of March 2021 (not final).

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 Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,382. Mintage limit: 1,818
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g. Royal Mint Product Code: UK18FRPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 1,818.

1,044 issued individually, 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 Frankenstein / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 254
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
Boxed, Royal Mint Product code: UK18FRGP. Issue price £1,055. Edition limit of 400, of which issued 115.

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
Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein: 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 Frankenstein: 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 Mintage65,167
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerThomas T. Docherty
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-LNYX-OMPX
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Frankenstein 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein: Catalogue Reference IDs