Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2019 Captain Cook

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 250 years since the first round-the-world voyage of Captain Cook (1768 - 1771) and is the second in a three-coin series issued in three consecutive years.

The Royal Mint says:
"In 1769 a rare astronomical event was due to take place - the Transit of Venus. Captain Cook and his crew left Rio De Janeiro bound for Tahiti. Here they built an observatory to study this phenomenon. Scientists hoped these studies would finally enable them to calculate the size of the Solar System. With his work on the island complete, Cook turned his attention to the sealed orders in his possession. His next mission was revealed. It was time to start the search for the fabled southern continent that scholars had speculated about for centuries.

As we mark 250 years since Cook's time in Tahiti, The Royal Mint continues its celebration of his great voyage with the second of three coins. Artist Gary Breeze commemorates Captain Cook’s time at Tahiti in 1769, with a design featuring the mast of the HM Bark Endeavour below a celestial image of the Transit of Venus. Finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, superior to the coins in your change, this £2 coin commemorates the life and legacy of the last of the great sea explorers."

The edge inscription OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS means, in Latin, "the most intrepid investigator of the seas)".

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 2019 Captain Cook - 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 2019 Captain Cook - reverse photo

The reverse shows the sails of Cook's ship Endeavour superimposed on a map of Tahiti (called OTAHEITE on the map). At centre, the symbol of Venus obscures the Sun. Above, a large numeral 250 marks the years since his voyage.

Around above, the anniversary inscription 1769 - 2019 CAPTAIN JAMES COOK.

The designer's initials GB (for Gary Breeze) are in the left field of the outer ring, between the sail of the ship and the 1 in 1769.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 250 1769 - 2019 CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionOCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS
Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint product code: UK19CCBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook / 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: UK19CCSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 4,795.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook / 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.
In mahogany presentation box. Royal Mint product code: UK19CCGP. Issue price £1,055. Edition limit of 340.

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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 ·
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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 ·
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Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (NCLT)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerGary Breeze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-VZYB-EJYG
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Captain Cook 2019 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Captain Cook 2019 £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Captain Cook 2019 £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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