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

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

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 fourth of five RAF coins issued in 2018 and features on the reverse a Sea King rescue helicopter.

The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters. The aircraft differs considerably from the American version, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines, British-made anti-submarine warfare systems and a fully computerised flight control system. The Sea King was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. A Sea King variant was adapted by Westland as troop transport known as the Commando. In British service, the Westland Sea King provided a wide range of services in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. As well as wartime roles in the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Balkans conflict, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, the Sea King is perhaps most well known in its capacity as a Royal Navy Search and Rescue (red and grey livery) and RAF Search and Rescue Force (yellow livery) helicopter - the HAR3 variant as shown on the coin. The Sea King was also adapted to meet the Royal Navy's requirement for a ship-based airborne early warning platform.

The Royal Mint says:
"Formed in the early days of aviation, today the Royal Air Force is recognised all over the world for its capability, courage and innovation. 100 years on from its formation, The Royal Mint has struck an exciting five-coin series, released throughout 2018, to commemorate this milestone. The penultimate aircraft featured in the series, the powerful Sea King, reminds us of the life-saving work the RAF carries out in the most extreme situations.

A beacon of hope to those in need who catch a glimpse of the bright yellow helicopter, artists Richard and Neil Talbot have captured the Sea King in action on the reverse of this 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 - Sea King - 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 - Sea King - reverse photo

The reverse shows a Sea King helicopter in action, with a rescuer being winched down from it. The helicopter is in the livery and markings of the Royal Air Force Rescue unit.

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

The designers' initials NT+RT (for Neil Talbot and Richard Talbot) are in the upper right field of the outer ring, under the helicopter's rotor blade.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

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

Royal Mint Product Code: UK18SKBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / 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: UK18SKSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 7,500.

Variety Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / Silver Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / 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: PUK18SKS. 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 - Sea King / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / 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: UK18SKPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 3,000.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / 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: UK18SKGP. 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 - Sea King / Gold Proof - Trial of the Pyx - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King / 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: PUK18SKG. 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 - Sea King: 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 IDRNAZ-EGWC-VDNL-EXJL
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Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King: Photos
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RAF Centenary Sea King 2018 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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RAF Centenary Sea King 2018 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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RAF Centenary Sea King 2018 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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