Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge

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 Centenary (100th anniversary) of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which was founded in 1918. It is the first of five RAF coins issued in 2018 and features on the reverse the Badge and the motto of the Royal Air Force.

The Royal Mint says:
"The motto of the Royal Air Force ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’, meaning ‘Through Adversity to the Stars’ captures the courage and spirit of both the Royal Air Force and the exceptional people who have pioneered in aviation since 1918. This year, The Royal Mint is proud to join the RAF in their centenary celebrations, striking five coins to mark this important milestone."

Unlike the early 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 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge - 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 RAF Centenary - Badge - reverse photo

The reverse features the badge of the Royal Air Force, which is the heraldic emblem used to represent the RAF and shows an eagle superimposed on a circlet which is surmounted by a crown.

On the circlet, the motto of the RAF: PER ARDVA · AD ASTRA, with an olive branch below.

Around above, the inscription THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE; below, the anniversary dates, 1918 - 2018.

The designer's initials RM (for Rhys Morgan) are in the lower left field of the outer ring.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1918 - 2018
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionPER ARDVA AD ASTRA
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK18RCBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

In "Red Arrows" Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) with four stamps postmarked Scampton, Lincoln, 20.3.2018.
Royal Mint Product Code: RCBUPNC. Issue price: £17.50. Issue limit: 12,000.

Variety In mint sets
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / In mint sets - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / 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 RAF Centenary - Badge / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / 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 RAF Centenary - Badge / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / 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.
Boxed, Royal Mint Product Code: UK18RCSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 7,500.
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

RAF Centenary, Silver, mintage 400
2 coins: United Kingdom - £2 RAF Centenary 2018, Silver Proof, Niue - $1 Silver, RAF Centenary 2018
Variety Silver Proof in PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

In "Red Arrows" Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) with four stamps postmarked Scampton, Lincoln, 20.3.2018.
Royal Mint Product Code: RCSPPNC. Issue price: £67.50. Issue limit: 750.

Variety Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / 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: PUK18RCS. 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
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g.
Boxed, Royal Mint Product Code: UK18RCPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 3,000.
Also issued 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 RAF Centenary - Badge / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
Boxed, Royal Mint Product Code: UK18RCGP. Issue price £1,055.00. Edition limit of 1,000.
Also issued in sets.

In Sets 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

RAF Centenary, Gold, mintage 200
2 coins: United Kingdom - £2 RAF Centenary 2018, Gold Proof, Niue - 1/2 oz Gold, RAF Centenary 2018
Variety Gold Proof in PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.917 Gold
Details

In "Red Arrows" Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) with four stamps postmarked Scampton, Lincoln, 20.3.2018.
Royal Mint Product Code: RCGPPNC. Issue price: £1,020.00. Issue limit: 50.

Variety Gold Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Gold Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge / Gold Proof - Trial of the Pyx - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
In presentation card signed by the Deputy Master of the Mint. Royal Mint Product Code: PUK18RCG. Issue price £1,170.

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."

Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint March 2021 Mintage link Sets mintage
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 RAF Centenary - Badge: 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 Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerRhys Morgan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDGAVP-EXAC-ANMK-OMDY
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Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge: Photos
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RAF Centenary Badge 2018 UK £2 Proof
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Notes: Proof.
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RAF Centenary Badge 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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RAF Centenary Badge 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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RAF Centenary Badge 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge: Catalogue Reference IDs