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

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

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 third of five RAF coins issued in 2018 and features on the reverse a Vulcan strategic bomber.

The Avro Vulcan (later Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered tailless delta wing high-altitude strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. The origin of the Vulcan and the other V bombers is linked with early British atomic weapon programme and nuclear deterrent policies. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35/46. Of the three V bombers produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option. Several reduced-scale aircraft, designated Avro 707, were produced to test and refine the delta wing design principles. As part of Britain's independent nuclear deterrent, the Vulcan initially carried Britain's first nuclear weapon, the Blue Danube gravity bomb, and was later fitted with other weapons.

The reverse design featuring the plane was created by brothers Richard and Neil Talbot.

The Royal Mint says:
"As the Royal Air Force marks its centenary, The Royal Mint commemorates this milestone with a collection of coins celebrating 100 years of courage, spirit, and pioneering aviation since 1918. Unmatched by any other bomber from the jet age, the mighty Vulcan is truly an icon of the air and takes its place as the third coin in the series."

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 - Vulcan - 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 - Vulcan - reverse photo

The reverse shows a Vulcan strategic bomber in flight.

Around above, the inscription carrying the anniversary dates, RAF 1918 - 2018. Around below, VULCAN.

The designers' initials NT+RT (for Neil Talbot and Richard Talbot) are in the lower right field of the outer ring, under the plane's wing.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

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

Royal Mint Product Code: UK18VUBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / 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: UK18VUSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 7,500.

Variety Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / 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: PUK18VUS. 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 - Vulcan / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / 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: UK18VUPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 3,000.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / 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: UK18VUGP. Issue price £1,020.00. Edition limit of 1,000.

Variety Gold Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / Gold Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan / 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: PUK18VUG. 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."

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 - Vulcan: 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 IDRWKZ-EJNC-LDWP-EXGL
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RAF Centenary Vulcan 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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RAF Centenary Vulcan 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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RAF Centenary Vulcan 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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