Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells

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 75th Anniversary of the birth of death of H.G Wells.

Herbert George Wells was a novelist, journalist, sociologist and historian best known for his science fiction novels such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. From humble beginnings, he endured financial hardship and illness as a child, finding solace in reading and learning. Drawn into the world of science, he went on to both amaze and unsettle the world with his uncannily accurate predictions of how the world might look in the future.

His ability to make science fiction believable brought his work and the genre to a whole new audience, earning him nicknames such as the ‘father of science fiction’. Nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, his influence extends far beyond the literary world and into modern society, where he has even had an impact crater on Mars named after him.

The Royal Mint says:
"Seventy-five years on from his death, we’re celebrating the imagination and enquiring mind of a man who helped shaped the world we live in. Chris Costello’s reverse design focuses on iconic images from Wells’ work, including The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man."

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 2021 H.G. Wells - 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 2021 H.G. Wells - reverse photo

The reverse design shows images illustrating some of the most famous works of H. G. Wells: a Martian Tripod (fighting machine), and an empty suit with a tall hat above - from The Invisible Man.

The upper part of the outer ring has Roman numerals as in a clock, reminiscent of The Time Machine. Around below, the inscription 2021 H.G. WELLS. Around below, the date of issue2021.

The designer's initials CTC (for Chris Costello) are to the right, above the empty suit's shoulder.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 2021 H.G. WELLS
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionGOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS
Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / In mint sets - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / In mint sets - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Set 2021 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2021 Collection, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety In Presentation Card
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in presentation card.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21HGBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 10,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in "H.G. Wells Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Cover" (PNC) commemorating the 75th anniversary of H.G. Wells’ death. Paired with three First Class Special Stamps from the Classic Science Fiction stamp issue, and postmarked with a new handstamp created specially for this coin cover, dated 13.08.2021.

Royal Mint Product Code: HGBUPNC. Limited Edition: 10,000. Issue price: £17.50.

Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Sets The 2021 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, Oblong Proof Medal

The 2021 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, Round Proof Medal
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 3,135
Material0.925 Silver
Details

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

In black presentation box. Royal Mint Product Code: UK21HGSP. Limited Edition: 1,575. Maximum Coin Mintage: 3,135. Issue price: £72.50.

Also in sets.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof Coin Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 750
Details

Silver Proof FDC coin in "H.G. Wells Silver Proof Coin Cover" (PNC) commemorating the 75th anniversary of H.G. Wells’ death. Paired with three First Class Special Stamps from the Classic Science Fiction stamp issue, and postmarked with a new handstamp created specially for this coin cover, dated 13.08.2021.

Royal Mint Product Code: HGSPPNC. Limited Edition: 750. Issue price: £72.50.

Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 985
Material0.925 Silver
Details

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

In black presentation box. Royal Mint Product Code: UK21HGPF. Limited Edition: 675. Maximum Coin Mintage: 985. Issue price: £117.50.

Also in sets.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 300
5 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 330
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: UK21HGGP. Limited Edition: 175. Maximum Coin Mintage: 330. Issue price: £1,095.00.

Also in sets.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 75
5 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird
Variety Gold Proof Coin Cover
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 50
Details

Gold Proof FDC coin in "H.G. Wells Gold Proof Coin Cover" (PNC) commemorating the 75th anniversary of H.G. Wells’ death. Paired with three First Class Special Stamps from the Classic Science Fiction stamp issue, and postmarked with a new handstamp created specially for this coin cover, dated 13.08.2021.

Royal Mint Product Code: HGGPPNC. Limited Edition: 50. Issue price: £1,095.00.

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 2021 H.G. Wells: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (NCLT)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerChris Costello
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-AWPM-ENQG
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Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells: Photos
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H.G. Wells Gold Proof £2 Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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H.G. Wells £2 Piedfort Coin
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Notes: Silver proof piedfort.
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H.G. Wells £2 Piedfort Coin
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Notes: Silver proof piedfort.
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H.G. Wells Silver Proof £2 Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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H.G. Wells £2 Base Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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H.G. Wells £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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