Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2020 Mayflower

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 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower.

When 102 passengers sailed on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, on 16 September 1620, their sights were set on a fresh start. They landed in Plymouth Bay over three months later and by spring, just under half of those who had landed in the New World had survived. The original Thanksgiving feast was held that autumn, after their first successful harvest, and the spirit of the Mayflower pilgrims endures in this national celebration to this day.

The epic story of the journey of the Mayflower is told through a £2 coin design by US designer Chris Costello:
“The process of this design began with historical research and visits to the museums in Plymouth, Massachusetts, then I formulated visions in my mind of what this coin would look like. Many of the features and details of the ship were imaginary... There is a bit of mythical interpretation of the Mayflower story, since nobody really knows what the ship actually looked like. I wanted to create a romantic view with stylized waves that contrasted with the precarious position of the ship in rough seas, thus making an iconic and memorable design; a contemporary coin with subtle traditional beauty that both British and Americans would appreciate and want to own as a keepsake in memory of this historic event.”

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

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 106,196
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower - 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 Mayflower - reverse photo

The reverse shows in the central circle a sailing ship under sail, in rough seas shown by the waves below it. The ship is guided by the North Star, seen through the rigging on the left.

Around above in the outer ring, separated by the flags on the two masts of the ship, the anniversary dates 1620 and 2020. Around below, separated from the dates by two flowers, the name of the ship MAYFLOWER.

The designer's initials CTC (for Chris Costello) are the right field of he inner circle, under one of the sails.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1620 2020 MAYFLOWER
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionUNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
Notes

Base metal mintage includes 18,882 carded coins, 40,921 "in trade packaging", and coins in sets.

See also

This reverse design was issued in several formats:

- 1 oz gold
- 1/4 oz gold
- 1 oz silver
- bi-metallic £2, with bi-metallic-looking silver, silver piedfort and gold versions

Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation card
Mintage Issued: 18,882 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MFBU. 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 Mayflower / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower / 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 Mayflower / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 5,305
Material0.925 Silver
Details

12.00 g of Sterling Silver. The outer ring is selectively gold-plated to achieve a bimetallic look.

Final mintage includes 3,991 boxed coins, 495 "in trade packaging", 319 "in graded presentation", and 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 Mayflower / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,289
Material0.925 Silver
Details

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

Boxed, limited edition 2,000, Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MFPF, issue price: £115.00.

Final mintage includes 1,990 boxed coins, and 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 Mayflower / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 549
Material0.9167 Gold
Details

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

Boxed, limited edition 400, Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MFGP, issue price: £1,165.00.

Final mintage includes 397 boxed coins, 77 "in graded presentation", and 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 99,689 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Two Pounds 2022 Vera Lynn 89,089 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Two Pounds 2022 FA Cup 86,414 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 Mayflower: 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 Mintage106,196
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerChris Costello
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.4000 mm
Thickness2.5000 mm
Mass12.0000 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-AZZX-ONQG
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Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower: Photo £2 Mayflower Gold Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Mayflower Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower: Photo £2 Mayflower Silver Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Mayflower Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower: Photo £2 Mayflower Silver Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Mayflower Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower: Photo £2 Mayflower Proof Coin / thumbnail £2 Mayflower Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower: Photo £2 Mayflower / thumbnail £2 Mayflower
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