Two Pounds 2020 VE Day, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2020 VE Day, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2020 VE Day

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 VE Day - 75 years since the end of World War Two in Western Europe.

The Royal Mint says:
Following news of Germany's surrender, 8 May 1945 - Victory in Europe (VE) Day - was declared a public holiday. With bunting strung from lamp posts and pubs stocked with beer, war-weary Britons could finally celebrate. People danced and hugged in the streets as sheer joy broke down social conventions. “This is your victory”, declared Winston Churchill, paying tribute to the British people who had remained unbowed by the bombings and blackouts. VE Day remains in the memory of all who witnessed it. Seventy-five years on, we thank the generation who gave so much and honour their spirit and sacrifice.

In 2020, we remember the first hopeful steps towards lasting peace and the promise of a brighter future with a commemorative £2 coin. Available in limited-edition gold Proof, silver Proof and silver Proof Piedfort editions, alongside a Brilliant Uncirculated edition, Royal Mint graphic designer Dominique Evans captures the magnitude of events with a design that puts people at the very heart of the coin - the rays emanating from the centre evoke a sense of hope. As we mark this landmark anniversary, it’s a poignant reminder of the strength of national unity in times of crisis."

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 2020 VE Day - 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 2020 VE Day - reverse photo

The reverse depicts people celebrating victory in the streets, with a young woman in the foreground holding high a folded newspaper with the text VE-DAY IT'S OVER IN EUROPE visible. The background has a pattern of rays radiating out, as a symbol of hope.

Above, the anniversary dates 1945 - 2020.

Around below, the inscription VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY.

The designer's initials DME (for Dominique Evans) are in the right field of the outer ring, above the letter Y of DAY.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1945 - 2020 VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionJUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW
Two Pounds 2020 VE Day: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated issued in mint sets.

In Set 2020 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2020 Collection, mintage unknown
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 Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint product code: UK20VEBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in a Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), with eight special Second World War stamps, postmarked London WC2, 8.5.2020.

Royal Mint product code: VEBPNC. Issue price £17.50. Edition limit of 10,000.

Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage unknown
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 unknown (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / 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: UK20VESP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 4,750.

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 in PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver proof coin in a Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), with eight special Second World War stamps, postmarked London WC2, 8.5.2020.

Royal Mint product code: VESPNC. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 750.

Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / 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: UK20VEPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 1,635, Maximum Coin Mintage 1,945).
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 300
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 VE Day / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2020 VE Day / 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: UK20VEGP. Issue price £1,115. Edition limit of 475.

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
Variety Gold Proof in PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Gold proof coin in a Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), with eight special Second World War stamps, postmarked London WC2, 8.5.2020.

Royal Mint product code: VEGPNC. Issue price £2,640.00. Edition limit of 75.

Variety Gold Proof with period newspaper
Mintage Issued: 26
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Limited presentation edition of a gold proof coin with a period newspaper carrying reports of the events; a rare piece of wartime history that has survived to the present day.

Royal Mint product code: UK20VEGN. Issue price £1,800.00. Edition limit of 26.

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 2020 VE Day: 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)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerDominique Evans
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ORRC-PQQM-OMNY
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