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

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

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 second of five RAF coins issued in 2018 and features on the reverse a Spitfire fighter air-plane.

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The reverse design featuring these planes was created by brothers Richard and Neil Talbot.

The Royal Mint says:
"The graceful but deadly Spitfire is simply unmistakable, an iconic symbol of the battle for the skies over Britain in the Second World War. As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Air Force, the famous Spitfire appears on an official UK £2 coin."

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; it is inscribed on the edge of the coin.

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 - Spitfire - 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 - Spitfire - reverse photo

The reverse shows three Spitfire fighters in flight.

Around above left, the inscription SPITFIRE RAF; around right, the anniversary dates, 1918 - 2018.

The designers' initials NT+RT (for Neil Talbot and Richard Talbot) are in the lower left field of the outer ring.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription SPITFIRE RAF 1918 - 2018
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionPER ARDVA AD ASTRA
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK18SPBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / 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: UK18SPSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 7,500.

Variety Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / 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: PUK18SPS. 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 - Spitfire / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / 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: UK18SPPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 3,000.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire / 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: UK18SPGP. Issue price £1,020.00. Edition limit of 1,000.

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 - Spitfire: 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
DesignerRichard Talbot, Neil Talbot
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-AYNJ-OYJD
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RAF Centenary Spitfire 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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RAF Centenary Spitfire 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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RAF Centenary Spitfire 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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