Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2019 Wedgwood

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 marks the 260 years anniversary of Wedgwood - a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories manufacturer founded on 1 May 1759 by the English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood. It was rapidly successful and was soon one of the largest manufacturers of Staffordshire pottery, "a firm that has done more to spread the knowledge and enhance the reputation of British ceramic art than any other manufacturer", exporting across Europe as far as Russia, and to the Americas. It was especially successful at producing fine earthenware and stonewares that were accepted as equivalent in quality to porcelain (which Wedgwood only made later) but were considerably cheaper.

The Royal Mint says:
"Few companies can point to as prestigious a heritage as Wedgwood. 260 years after its founding by the pioneering Josiah Wedgwood, the company that transformed the production and marketing of pottery is still known around the world for its craftsmanship and quality. The Wedgwood 260th Anniversary Coin is a fitting commemoration of the company’s history and success. With a design that encompasses the heritage, craftsmanship and royal connection that both Wedgwood and The Royal Mint are famous for, the coin honours the triumphs of the past 260 years."

The edge lettering, EVERYTHING GIVES WAY TO EXPERIMENT, is based on Josiah Wedgwood’s motto.

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 Wedgwood - 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 Wedgwood - reverse photo

The central circle of the reverse features the copy of the famous Portland Vase, which was the crowning achievement of Josiah Wedgwood.

The Roman original of the vase, dated to between AD 1 and AD 25, is made of violet-blue glass, and is surrounded with a single continuous white glass cameo making two distinct scenes, depicting seven human figures, plus a large snake, and two bearded and horned heads below the handles, marking the break between the scenes.

Wedgwood devoted four years of painstaking trials at duplicating the vase - not in glass but in black and white jasperware. He finally managed to perfect it in 1790, with the issue of the "first-edition" of copies - with some of this edition, including the one now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, copying the cameo's delicacy by a combination of undercutting and shading the relief in grey.

Around above the outer ring of the coin, the inscription WEDGWOOD. Around below, the anniversary dates 1759 - 2019. Along the rest of the outer ring, two laurel branches.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription WEDGWOOD 1759 - 2019
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionEVERYTHING GIVES WAY TO EXPERIMENT
Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint product code: UK19WWBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Set 2019 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2019 Collection, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 Britannia, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sherlock Holmes, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 Britannia, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sherlock Holmes, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2019 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 5,000 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
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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: UK19WWSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 3,000.
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 1,000
13 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 Britannia, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sherlock Holmes, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood / 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. Royal Mint product code: UK19WWPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 1,250.
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, 50p Sherlock Holmes
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood / 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: UK19WWGP. Issue price £1,055. Edition limit of 225.
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, 50p Sherlock Holmes
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 2019 Wedgwood: 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
DesignerWedgwood Design Team
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-BYGP-OMNY
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Wedgwood 2019 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Wedgwood 2019 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Wedgwood 2019 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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Wedgwood 2019 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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