Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie

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 celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries.

As the author of 66 detective novels and 150 short stories, it’s no wonder Dame Agatha Christie is known as the Queen of Crime. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920 and, with her vision and ingenuity, she went on to define the murder mystery genre.

Designer David Lawrence says:
“I pursued several possible threads to this design: each based around various problem-solving metaphors. I started with some ideas based on a board game - the pieces bearing the faces of various characters in a story. I then worked on some designs using the concept of a maze - the solution to the problem lying at its centre. But the final idea was the one which was possibly the simplest to understand and execute and which reflected the universal truth of every story: at the heart of every Agatha Christie Mystery there is a missing component - a missing piece to the puzzle - which, when finally and ingeniously deduced, completes the picture and brings resolution.”

These £2 coins were struck in various collector formats but none were issued into general circulation.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage101,681
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie - 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 (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie - reverse photo

The reverse shows in the central circle a puzzle, with the last remaining piece marked with a question mark ? not yet fitted. Depicted on the other pieces are some of the elements of many of Agatha Christie's novels: a knife, a gun, an ink pen and a bottle labelled POISON.

Around above in the outer ring, the inscription 100 YEARS OF MYSTERY. Around below left and right, the anniversary dates 1920 and 2020, separated by the author's signature below: Agatha Christie.

The designer's signature DL (for David Lawrence) is in the right field of inner circle, above the date 2020.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 100 YEARS OF MYSTERY 1920 2020 Agatha Christie
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionLITTLE GREY CELLS
Notes

Base metal mintage includes 16,838 carded coins, 38,450 "in trade packaging", and coins in sets.

Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: 16,838 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK20ACBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 37,117 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Set 2020 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2020 Collection, mintage 37,117
13 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Britannia, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Team GB, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 9,276 (included in total)
In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 6,802
13 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Britannia, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Team GB, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2020 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 2,474 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,710. Mintage limit: 3,255
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: UK20ACSP. Limited Edition 2,250. Maximum Coin Mintage 3,255. Issue price: £67.50.

Final mintage includes 2,210 boxed coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 500
13 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Britannia, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Team GB, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,093. Mintage limit: 1,100
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g.

Boxed. Royal Mint Product Code: UK20ACPF. Limited Edition 800. Maximum Coin Mintage 1,110. Issue price: £110.00.

Final mintage includes 794 boxed coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 299
5 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, 50p Team GB
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 269. Mintage limit: 335
Material0.9167 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.

Boxed. Royal Mint Product Code: UK20ACGP. Limited Edition 250. Maximum Coin Mintage 335. Issue price: £1,115.00.

Final mintage includes 194 boxed coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 75
5 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, 50p Team GB
All (29) coins of type: Two Pounds (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen 99,440 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2017 Aviation 105,690 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 109,121 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire 73,736 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan 61,222 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King 52,736 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - F35 Lightning 50,107 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 79,657 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Pepys Diary 63,188 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 D-Day 107,568 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook 39,278 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Captain Cook 36,710 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie 101,681 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 VE Day 141,064 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower 106,196 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2021 Sir Walter Scott 89,003 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells 46,387 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 ·
Two Pounds 2022 FA Cup unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Two Pounds 2023 JRR Tolkien unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Two Pounds 2023 Flying Scotsman unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Two Pounds 2023 Edward Jenner unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Two Pounds 2023 Ada Lovelace unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Two Pounds 2024 Sir Winston Churchill unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Two Pounds 2024 National Gallery unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2024 ·
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Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (NCLT)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage101,681
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerDavid Lawrence
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.4000 mm
Thickness2.5000 mm
Mass12.0000 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-RPPB-EDQG
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Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie: Photo £2 Agatha Christie Gold Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Agatha Christie Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie: Photo £2 Agatha Christie Silver Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Agatha Christie Silver Proof Coin
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Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie: Photo £2 Agatha Christie Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Agatha Christie Proof Coin
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